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 4 May are:

  • full reopening of construction activity
  • phased return of non-essential retail commencing with click and collect and outdoor retail, for example: garden centres/nurseries
  • recommencement of personal services on a staggered basis
  • reopening of museums, galleries and libraries
  • recommencement of religious services on a staggered basis
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COVID-19 Resilience and Recovery 2021: The Path Ahead

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