School Closure for Students: Statement by An Taoiseach - 12th March 2020



Read JMB's clarification regarding school closure: JMB Bulletin 37 2019/2020 (School Closure for Students)


An announcement was made this morning by the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD of the closure from Friday 13 March, of schools, pre-schools and further and higher education settings, for a period until 29 March 2020, to support efforts to contain the spread of Covid-19. This is in line with the advice of the National Public Health Emergency Team.

All pupils and students, from pre-school to third level are urged to practice social distancing, and to minimise physical contact with each other, to help avoid the spread of Covid-19. This should include minimising social contact, avoiding meeting up and keeping physical space between them. Parents and guardians are urged to support their children to maintain this approach. Read statement

The following measures will come into effect from tomorrow until 29 March:

  • schools, colleges and childcare facilities will close from tomorrow (Friday)
  • indoor mass gatherings of 100 people or more and outdoor mass gatherings of more than 500 people should be cancelled
  • all State-run cultural institutions will close

Where it is possible to work remotely people should do so. Public transport will continue and shops will continue to remain open.

Mr Varadkar said we need the public and businesses to take a sensible approach. 

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