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Primary school close-contacts won’t have to self isolate from Monday

From next Monday, children in primary school settings and childcare facilities who are identified as a close-contact of a Covid-19 case will no longer have to self-isolate.

These children will also be no longer required to get a Covid-19 test.


Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr. Tony Holohan also recommended that the automatic contact tracing of close contacts should also end.

Up to this point, primary school children who were identified as close contacts have been required to self-isolate and get tested, even if they had no symptoms.

The requirements have proved disruptive for parents, employers and the children themselves.


Children aged 12 years or under, who are identified as close contacts in childcare, educational settings, special education settings, or other non-household settings, and who have no symptoms, will no longer be required to restrict movements.

However, for children under 12 who are identified as household close contacts, they will still be required to get tested and self isolate.

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