Key points from today's Government announcement on the extension of the current Level5 restrictions

Key points

  • The Level 5 lockdown has been extended until March 5th.

  • Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said the number of people in hospital and ICU beds is still to high to consider lifting restrictions. 

  • Mandatory two week quarantine is also set to be introduced for people who arrive into Ireland without a negative PCR test.

    It will also apply to people coming from Brazil and South Africa and there's been a pause on visa-free travel from those countries.

  • There will be an increase in the policing of the required two weeks of self-isolation for all travelers arriving into Ireland. 

    The government has said more gardaí will be operating near ports and airports to clamp down on non-essential travel. 

  • The Health Minister says the covid case numbers are heading in the right direction but it will take some time before pressure is eased on our hospitals.    

  • Stephen Donnelly also says the vaccination programme is going well despite AstraZeneca delivering fewer doses than what was agreed with the EU

  • The Tánaiste Leo Varadkar says he hopes there will be a phased re-opening of schools through February and March.

    It will start with special needs education with negotiations ongoing between the government and unions. 


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