SHUT DOWN: Schools, colleges and childcare facilities to close, shops to remain open

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has announced that all schools, colleges and childcare facilities are to close from 6pm today until 29th March.

Speaking from Washington DC he also advised that all indoor gatherings of over 100 people should be cancelled as well as outdoor gatherings of over 500.

Mr. Varadkar recommended people work from home where possible, to stagger their break-times if they had to go to a workplace, and to reduce social interactions as much as possible.

Public transport will continue to operate, whilst shops and restaurants will also remain open. All museums, galleries and tourists sites are to close however.

The measures come on foot of advice from the National Emergency Health Team received by government yesterday.

An Taoiseach said Ireland must face the reality that more people will die, and that Ireland is in “unchartered territory”.

He said that “in time our lives will go back to normal” and that “we will bounce-back” from the economic suffering to come.

Ireland saw its first Covid-19 related death yesterday, when an older woman passed away in the east of the country. There are now 43 confirmed cases of the disease in the Republic of Ireland.

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