Northern Ireland will go into a six week Lockdown on Boxing Day. NI Executive Ministers met on Thursday amid growing concern about the rise of coronavirus cases in Northern Ireland. The Health minister said the restrictions will come into effect from midnight on Christmas Day, taking effect on the 26th.
Robin Swann said: “The Executive has probably taken its hardest decision, its most deep decision, in regards to how we have had to combat Covid-19 collectively. “We will be looking to a six week lock down where the message will be work from home, stay at home.
The agreed measures include:
Non-essential retail will close, including garden centres, click and collect services, and homeware
All hospitality will close, except deliveries and takeaway (Hotels will be able to remain open until 28th December to accommodate Christmas bookings)
Close contact services eg. hairdressers, beauticians etc will close
All essential businesses that will be allowed to open must close at 8pm for the first week of lockdown
No household mixing, except in an emergency
People will be asked to stay at home from 8pm – 6am for the first week of the lockdown
No changes have made to the Christmas bubbling system, which runs from the 23rd to the 27th of December.
No outdoor mixing with other households
Outdoor exercise will only be permitted alone or with members of your household
Elite sport will be cancelled during the first week of lockdown
Religious services can continue depending on a risk assessment
Number at funerals and weddings limited to 25. Receptions are not allowed
Christmas bubbling arrangements are still permitted, however people are being asked to limit their contact with others.
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