Ireland sees strict COVID-19 measures at least until Easter: PM

FILE PHOTO: Outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in Dublin

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland expects to retain strict COVID-19 health measures at least until Easter, Minister Micheal Martin said on Thursday.

The government hopes to drop restrictions on the construction sector and reopen schools in early March, but restrictions on travel, visiting other households and on retail and hospitality are likely to remain in place, he told RTE radio.

"Certainly we are looking at continuation of high levels of restrictions until the Easter period," Martin said.

(Reporting by Conor Humphries; Editing by Alison Williams)