Schools will close for “at least 16 weeks” in response to the coronavirus pandemic across Northern Ireland, when they do close.
On Saturday, first minister Arlene Foster said, “At some stage in the future, when we are advised on the medical evidence, they will have to close the schools.
“Then of course you are into the summer period, so they will be off school for a very long time.”
Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald said, the UK government response to coronavirus “should be rejected” and is “totally unacceptable in the north of Ireland.”
Deputy first minister Michelle O’Neill repeated her call for Northern Ireland schools to “shut immediately.”
O’Neill said, “In my opinion schools should close now. I think we need to be consistent across this island
Leo Varadkar made a live statement to the nation from Washington DC, where he is due to meet President Donald Trump, he said the emergency measures will take place from 18:00 on Thursday until the 29 March.
The Times newspaper reported the new law will give police and immigration officers power to detain anyone that is suspected of having the virus, the law could remain in place for two years.