All higher education institutions to move mostly to online teaching



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All higher-level education institutions across the country will be asked to deliver their lectures remotely.

For the next two weeks, face-to-face teaching will be limited to classes such as labs, practicals and tutorials.

‘The next two to three weeks represent a critical juncture. The Higher Education sector has put in place robust plans and protective measures,’ Higher Education Minister Simon Harris said.



a person sitting at a table: All higher-level education institutions across the country will be asked to deliver their lectures remotely. Pic: Getty


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‘However, at the request of the Department of Health, it has been agreed to introduce enhanced protective measures across the country to ensure safe continuation or beginning of the academic term.’

The restrictions were already in place in Co Dublin and include all further level institutions including universities, institutes of technology and colleges of further education.



Simon Harris wearing a suit and tie talking on a cell phone: ‘The next two to three weeks represent a critical juncture. The Higher Education sector has put in place robust plans and protective measures,’ Higher Education Minister Simon Harris said. Pic: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie


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‘The next two to three weeks represent a critical juncture. The Higher Education sector has put in place robust plans and protective measures,’ Higher Education Minister Simon Harris said. Pic: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

Libraries are set to remain open with restrictions on usage.

The new restrictions come as Taoiseach Micheal Martin has warned that cities may face localised lockdowns to curb the spread of COVID-19.



a woman sitting at a table with a cup of coffee: The restrictions were already in place in Co Dublin and include all further level institutions including universities, institutes of technology and colleges of further education.


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The restrictions were already in place in Co Dublin and include all further level institutions including universities, institutes of technology and colleges of further education.

‘NPHET will advise us in terms of any restrictions that may have to come in for other areas. They are concerned about urban centres -— Cork, Limerick, Galway and Waterford -— particularly as universities and institutes of technology reopen in the coming weeks,’ he said.

‘That is a concern. — where you have high-density populations in the virus can thrive in such situations.’



a man holding a sign: The new restrictions come as Taoiseach Micheal Martin has warned that cities may face localised lockdowns to curb the spread of COVID-19. Pic: Julien Behal/PA Wire


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The new restrictions come as Taoiseach Micheal Martin has warned that cities may face localised lockdowns to curb the spread of COVID-19. Pic: Julien Behal/PA Wire

He continued: ‘NPHET may advise in terms of particularly localised restrictions through, to date, it has been on a county by county basis. The numbers are particularly growing in the cities and urbanised parts of those counties.’

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