"The end is now truly in sight" - Taoiseach addresses the nation: Key Points
The key points from this evening's address to the nation where the Tasoieach confirmed that Level 5 restrictions will remain in place until at least April 5th.
- Level 5 to continue April 5th
- Phased return of in-school education; next Monday junior infants - 2nd class and Leaving Cert to return
- On March 15th remainder of primary classes and 5th years
- The remainder to return after Easter Break
- March 8th Early Childhood pre-school programming will resume
- March 29th all other childcare will return
- After April 5th
- Easing of restrictions on outdoor gatherings will be under consideration
- Easing of restrictions on certain sporting activities will be under consideration
- The return of construction services will be under consideration
- Easing of 5km travel limit will be under consideration
- Other announcements
- Taoiseach says 82% of adults will have had their first dose by the end of June - 1.2 million first doses would be administered by the end of March and 1.1 million doses during April, May and June.
- The Pandemic Unemployment Payment will remain in place until the end of June.
- €20 million in new funding has also been agreed today for mental health supports and investment in communities.
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