The Cabinet has agreed to extend Level 5 Covid-19 restrictions until 5 April. However, the phased return of schools will get under way next Monday, 1 March.
The phased school return will see Leaving Cert students returning to school next week. Primary school students from junior infants to second class will also return then.
The early childhood pre-school scheme will resume on 8 March with all childcare returning on 29 March.
Remaining primary school students and fifth-year secondary school students will return on 15 March, subject to ongoing reviews.
All other secondary school students will go back to school on 12 April – after the Easter holidays.
The Government’s plan will see the Pandemic Unemployment Payment and supports for businesses extended until the end of June.
There will also be an updated vaccination priority list, where those with underlying illnesses are set to be moved up.