SCHOOLS, colleges and childcare facilities will close from 6pm today in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar made the announcement from Washington DC this morning, outlining a series of measures that are being introduced in a bid to slow down the spread of the virus.
Cultural institutions, indoor gatherings of more than 100 people will be cancelled and a maximum outdoor gathering of 500 people will be allowed. The restrictions will stay in place until 29 March.
Mr Varadkar said where it is possible to work remotely people should do so, adding that we need the public and businesses to take a sensible approach to coronavirus.
Shops and supply chains will remain open, the Taoiseach said, and cafes and restaurants can remain open. He also said people should minimise social interaction where possible. Public transport will continue to operate.