COVID-19 Resilience and Recovery 2021 - The Path Ahead

The revised plan for managing the virus – COVID-19 Resilience and Recovery 2021: The Path Ahead – sets out how in-school education and childcare services will be reinstated in a phased manner from 1 March, with staggered return throughout March to be concluded after the Easter break on 12 April.

Ireland's cautious, measured approach is being taken in order to:

  • make steady progress, starting with childcare and schools, while avoiding a further wave of disease and re-imposition of restrictions
  • protect the most vulnerable by an efficient rollout of the vaccination programme
  • remain vigilant and agile regarding the uncertainties in the face of new variants and to capitalise on emerging evidence on available vaccines
  • lay the foundations for the full recovery of social life, public services and the economy

If the transmission of the virus reaches acceptable levels, the vaccination programme progresses as planned and public health advice allows, further options that will be considered from 5 April are:

  • some easing of restrictions on outdoor activities and meetings beyond 1 other household
  • consideration of extending the current 5km limit
  • staggered start of easing of other areas of restriction with a focus on outdoor activities including sport and some areas of construction
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COVID-19 Resilience and Recovery 2021: The Path Ahead

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