Northern Ireland enters extended lockdown

All non-essential retail has closed as a part of a brand new six-week coronavirus lockdown in Northern Ireland.

An evening time curfew can be being imposed for the primary week.

The restrictions, which got here into impact at a minute previous midnight, will probably be reviewed after 4 weeks.

The hospitality sector has additionally closed, with eating places, cafes and pubs that promote meals restricted to takeaway and supply service solely.

The shutters have additionally come down on shut contact providers akin to hairdressers and magnificence salons.

During the primary week, till 2 January, folks have been informed to not depart their houses, aside from important causes, between 8pm and 6am the next day.

No indoor or out of doors gatherings of any variety are permitted throughout that point, and family mixing in non-public gardens can be banned.

Takeaway and supply of takeaway meals will not be permitted throughout these hours.

The Stormont Executive has described the restrictions as draconian, however stated they’re important to deal with excessive charges of an infection and loss of life.

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Since Christmas Eve, anybody arriving in Northern Ireland from Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland intending to remain for a minimum of 24 hours should self-isolate for ten days.

The measures are geared toward combatting a brand new extra infectious pressure of the virus detected within the southeast of England.

There are not any journey restrictions on those that dwell within the Republic who repeatedly cross the border for important providers, akin to offering well being care.

New restrictions have additionally been launched for anybody in Northern Ireland who has been in South Africa within the earlier 14 days. They are requested to self-isolate together with all their family members for ten days after they left South Africa.

The choice is geared toward tackling one other variant pressure of coronavirus detected in England earlier this week.

Recently, queues of ambulances have been witnessed at accident and emergency departments throughout Northern Ireland as sufferers have been handled in automotive parks on account of a scarcity of capability inside hospitals.

At one level, 17 ambulances containing sufferers have been lined up outdoors the emergency division at Antrim Area Hospital.  

primarily based on website supplies www.rte.ie

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