Level 5 restrictions to remain in place until 5 April

Henrietta Strickland
Февраля 26, 2021

Taoiseach Micheal Martin has shared the three key metrics that will determine when we can expect an end to heavy lockdown restrictions.

He said he understands people will be frustrated while they wait for a vaccine, but added: "I ask you to be patient - there will be vaccines for everyone in the country to be vaccinated".

Rival parties have criticised the Government for not publishing a detailed plan to exit lockdown safely.

Secondly, we will expand the reopening of childcare.

The current public health restrictions will remain in place until 5 April 2021, when a further review will be conducted.

There will also be a phased re-opening of childcare during March and efforts will be made over the coming weeks to resume non-Covid health and social care.

"The situation we find ourselves in today is very different to a short few months ago", Martin said.

The Taoiseach told the nation in a live address "When we open things, we want them to stay open".

Level 5 measures are to remain in place until after Easter.

All those working from home must continue to do so. So far, our only limit has been supply.

By Tuesday, more than 350,000 vaccine doses had been administered. However, he added that the country will now be in a position to 'implement a major ramping up of the programme'.

"By the end of March, we will have administered 1.25 million doses, then depending on vaccines arriving as scheduled, we would administer on average more than one million doses per month during April, May and June".

That will mean up to 40% of people over 18 will have received their first dose by the end of April, up to 64% by the end of May, and up to 82% by end of June. 5th years at post-primary level.

Here in Ireland, clubs are pubs will remain shut until further notice but will hopefully be permitted to open for longer once restrictions are lifted.

The requirement to work from home will continue throughout this period, unless work is an essential health, social care, or other essential service or activity that can not be done from home.

The Pandemic Unemployment Payment and additional financial supports for businesses will also be extended until June, and the vaccination priority list is set to be amended to move forward those with underlying medial conditions.

The government is committed to developing a clear roadmap for a return of activities in the hardest-hit sectors including tourism, culture, and sport.

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