Once a staple of school life every February, “snow days” have officially been cancelled. In an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19, Leo Varadkar has given strict but clear instructions to “refrain from playing in the snow at all costs”. This follows moderate snowfall across several parts of the country.
“It is vital that in order to flatten the curve and reduce spread, children must not play in their gardens, should snow stick over coming weeks and beyond.” When asked if the construction of snowmen should be permitted, the Tánaiste stated “absolutely not” but noted that in cases of medical emergency, children may make a snow angel.
This decision has led to backlash, particularly from current Leaving Cert students, with one stating that “not only do we not know if our exams are going ahead, but now we can’t even have a snow day”.
A report from Met Éíreann have indicated that “the last bit of snow will be melted” by the time you finish your last online class and that “it sucks because its really fun to play in the snow, especially on a weekday”. This report was accompanied by pictures of several Irish Meteorologists going down a snowy hill on a makeshift toboggan.
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