Schools will remain closed until 1 February and teaching will take place online under new strict measures announced by the government today to slow the spread of COVID-19.
There are a number of exceptions though – 6th year Leaving Certificate students will be asked to attend school for three days a week starting next week.
Certain provisions for special education and specialised settings will also be in place during the new lockdown.
Childcare services, including regulated childminders, will remain closed with the exception of services for vulnerable children and children of essential workers.
The new rules will also close construction sites from 6pm on Friday 8 January, with limited exceptions for essential cases.
The Government agreed that the current travel ban in place for people coming from Great Britain and South Africa will be extended until midnight on Friday 8 January.
From 9 January 2021, all passengers arriving at Irish airports and ports from Great Britain or South Africa will be requested to have evidence of a negative result from a PCR Covid-19 test taken up to 72 hours prior to arrival in Ireland.
But there is nothing stopping passengers travelling to Galway after flying to Belfast or Derry without a negative PCR test.
These restrictions are in addition to the Level 5 restrictions announced last week by the government.