Govt agrees to end almost all Covid measures

The Cabinet has agreed to end almost all remaining health restrictions from next Monday.

This means that mask wearing in schools, in retail settings and on public transport will be voluntary from 28 February, but they will still be required in health care.

There will be advice that people should continue to wear masks on public transport, but it will not be underpinned by law.

Physical distancing measures in schools, such as pods, will also end next week, while testing and tracing will be scaled back.

The National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) itself will be wound-up too, but the Office of the Chief Medical Officer will continue to monitor the “epidemiological profile of the disease”.