Ahead of Cabinet sub-committee discussions tomorrow and a Cabinet decision on Tuesday, here is what we think we know about the revised Living with Covid plan - and what restrictions we can expect in the coming weeks.


It is expected that a Cabinet sub-committee will tomorrow recommend that Leaving Cert students, along with primary school pupils in junior and senior infants plus those in first and second class, will return to school on 1 March.

The final decision would then be taken by Cabinet on Tuesday morning.

Children's Minister Roderic O'Gorman has said he understands that all primary school students will be back in school by 15 March. However, most secondary school students are not likely to return to the classroom until after the Easter holidays.


The 5km exercise limit could remain in place until early May but it will be reviewed in April.

The same will apply to the current restrictions on households meeting up. However, the Taoiseach has said that nothing is set in stone.


The reopening of non-essential retail is not on the short-term list of Government priorities but this week's plan could set out the sequence in which it returns.


The full return to construction is not expected to happen at the beginning of next month. However, some in Government still believe this might happen at some point later in March.


The Taoiseach has said that hospitality won't reopen until mid-summer. Most are taking that to mean late June or early July.

That view is supported by the fact that the Pandemic Unemployment Payment and financial supports for businesses are likely to continue until the end of June.

It is thought that pubs which don't serve food may not re-open until autumn.


Professor Philip Nolan of NPHET said it will be an outdoor summer with some type of restrictions on social gatherings still in place.

The Tánaiste has spoken frequently about the likelihood that the domestic tourist season will be largely the same as Summer 2020.


The Government is holding out hope that those aged over 18 might be vaccinated by the end of September.

The revised plan is expected to give people more clarity about when they are likely to receive the vaccine.  Also, those with underlying health conditions, where there is clinical evidence of the risk of severe illness, are set to be moved up the priority list.