Covid-19: Colleges lay groundwork for safe return of students to campus life

Ireland’s approach to reopening third-level education on campus is reportedly in step with most other countries, and our high rate of vaccination is a reason for confidence

Aaron Rogan

News Correspondent @aarrogan
5th September, 2021
Covid-19: Colleges lay groundwork for safe return of students to campus life
Even at the worst of the uncertainty of the pandemic, the government has been working to make sure education was given special status in reopening. Picture: Getty

When Ireland’s 200,000-plus third-level students return to campuses this week, it won’t be the usual freshers’ week of reps handing out drink tokens and tents staffed with people looking for sign-ups to societies.

Instead, students will encounter a Covid-19-compliant campuses with free facemasks, social areas cleared away to make space for social distancing, and in some cases rapid antigen testing programmes and pop-up vaccination centres.

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