Coronavirus: How Northern Ireland's new restrictions affect you

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Coronavirus: How Northern Ireland's new restrictions affect you

Post by lily9889 » Wed Jan 06, 2021 7:38 am

Coronavirus: How Northern Ireland's new restrictions affect you


When lockdown was first introduced in Northern Ireland at the end of March, it saw a raft of new restrictions introduced on everyday life.

While many of those measures were relaxed, a number have since been tightened again.

A new six-week lockdown took effect in NI on 26 December, which will be reviewed after four weeks.

Further measures were also agreed on 5 January by the executive, in response to the rising number of cases after Christmas.

Here is a breakdown of what you can and can't do under the new guidelines and laws.

  • An order for people in Northern Ireland to stay at home - to stop the spread of Covid-19 - will become legally enforceable from 8 January
  • It will mean people can only leave home with a "reasonable excuse" such as for medical or food needs, exercise and work that cannot be done from home.
  • The health guidance maintains no "unnecessary travel" should be undertaken but has not imposed a formal travel limit in law
  • The executive says anyone travelling into Northern Ireland who plans to stay for at least 24 hours should self-isolate for 10 days
  • People who routinely cross the border for essential purposes will not be subject to restrictions
  • The Republic of Ireland has imposed a temporary travel ban on Great Britain, but the Irish government has said it will not introduce controls on the border with NI
  • The wearing of face coverings on most buses, trains and ferries was made mandatory in Northern Ireland from 10 July

Home restrictions
  • People from different households in Northern Ireland are still not allowed to mix indoors
  • There are some exemptions, with bubbling allowed with one other household of any size
  • Indoor meetings between households in that bubble are limited to a maximum of 10 people, including children, at any one time
  • Caring responsibilities, including childcare, are exempt, as well as supported living arrangements
  • Visits required for legal or medical needs are allowed
  • Maintenance, repairs, installations and deliveries are also permitted
  • From 8 January, no more than six people from a single household are allowed to gather in a private garden (children younger than 12 are included in the total)

Pubs, cafes and restaurants
  • From 11 December, restaurants, cafes, and pubs that serve food have been allowed to open, but must close by 23:00
  • Pubs that do not serve food remain closed
  • From 26 December, all hospitality venues will only be allowed to offer takeaway and delivery services
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