Taoiseach asks the public to "hunker down, stay home, follow the rules and get this virus under control"

New restrictions unveiled by the Government to contain the spread of Covid 19 will remain in place until at least the end of January


New restrictions have been unveiled by the Government to contain the spread of Covid 19 and will remain in place until at least the end of January.

All schools are to remain closed, with an exception for leaving cert students, who will attend classes three days a week. 

Special  education should remain open with protections in place.

While childcare services will close generally, they can remain open for vulnerable children and children of frontline workers.

All construction, with some exceptions must cease until January 31st.

Announcing the measures, Taoiseach Michael Martin says the challenge facing Irish people is stark:

" The personal decisions that each and every one of us makes over the coming month will directly affect how many more people get sick and how many more people die. It is as stark and as simple as that. We are in a battle against a deadly and ever changing virus, the lockdown we are introducing today is designed to reflect that Stark and simple reality" 

More from Coronavirus