Restrictions in Northern Ireland: Executive ministers agree on range of new measures

Northern Irish restrictions were tightened by executive ministers.

In a four-hour meeting on Wednesday, the executive agreed to a number of new bylaws and guidelines for the Christmas season.

It comes as the region has recorded the highest number of positive Covid-19 cases today, since the start of the pandemic.

Three other patients who had previously tested positive for Covid-19 have died in Northern Ireland.

3,231 other cases of the virus were also notified by the Ministry of Health and on Wednesday morning there were 261 Covid-positive patients in the hospital, including 34 in intensive care.

PA Media reports that ministers have agreed to the following:

  • Discos will close from 8 p.m. on December 26

  • Sporting events can continue with no capacity limit, but this will be reviewed on December 30. Advice will be issued for those traveling to and from the games, including not to carpool.

  • The homework message needs to be strengthened and legislation introduced to require social distancing in the workplace. Employers are encouraged to have lateral flow testing procedures in place for staff coming to work.

  • People will be asked to limit contacts in domestic settings to three households for guidance.

  • People will have to remain seated in reception areas with limits on the number of people seated at the tables.

An executive meeting

The majority of the measures agreed on Wednesday will go into effect on December 26.

Ministers are due to meet again on December 30 to review the steps.

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