College has told students that the situation in relation to Covid-19 guidelines “remains unchanged” until the government decides otherwise following public health advice to tighten restrictions nationwide.
In an email to staff and students this evening, College acknowledged that most students will have seen the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) recommendation to the government that the whole country be moved to the highest level of restrictions, Level 5.
College stated: “Until the Government decides otherwise, the situation remains unchanged since last week with Dublin being at Level 3 and with the universities having enhanced protective measures in place, as previously communicated to you.”
The email, which was signed by John Coman, Secretary to College, noted that any decision that is taken at a national level is “likely to have an impact on universities”.
College continued that they “will have to await details” from the government, but moved to reassure students that it is their “intention to communicate clearly once we know what the decisions mean for you and the College community”.
College stated: “We are likely to have a clearer picture in the coming days.”
“The virus is spreading more quickly than before. At this time it is important to maintain social distancing, wash your hands regularly, wear a face covering indoors and maintain good coughing and sneezing etiquette.”
Level 5 restrictions include no mixing between households, as well only essential businesses being allowed to open.
With regards to higher education at level 5, the government’s plan simply states that “recommendations based on the situation and evidence at the time” will determine how universities and colleges are to operate nationwide.
Dublin and Donegal remain at level 3, while the rest of the country is currently under level 2 restrictions.