The government’s COVID-19 restrictions, which were set to expire on Sunday, have been extended for a further three weeks.
Leo Varadkar made the announcement this afternoon following a meeting of the National Public Health Emergency team today.
It means that until May 5th, there will be no lifting of the advice which restricts peoples’ movements to within 2km of their primary residence.
The Taoiseach has also confirmed that the special Garda powers, which make a breach of these restrictions punishable by a €2,500 fine or a six-month jail term, are extended until midnight on May 4th.
Significantly, it has also been announced that the Leaving Cert exams which were due to take place in June have been postponed until late July or early August.
Junior Cycle exams have been cancelled and will instead be replaced by school-based tests in September.