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NI Executive Tightens COVID-19 Restrictions

Today, 14 October, the NI Executive have announced further Coronavirus restrictions including the closure of businesses.

The Executive has agreed a range of significant time-bound interventions to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Northern Ireland.

Business Restrictions

The following restrictions will come into place on Friday 16 October 2020:

  • Closure of the hospitality sector apart from deliveries and takeaways for food, with the existing closing time of 11.00pm remaining. 
  • Other takeaway premises will be brought in line with hospitality with a closing time of 11.00pm;
  • Close contact services such as hairdressers and beauticians are not permitted to open, apart from those relating to the continuation of essential health interventions and therapeutics. 
  • Gyms may remain open but for individual training only with local enforcement in place;
  • Off licenses and supermarkets will not sell alcohol after 8.00pm;

Other restrictions include:

  • Bubbling to be limited to a maximum of 10 people from two households;
  • No overnight stays in a private home unless in a bubble;
  • No indoor sport of any kind or organised contact sport involving household mixing other than at elite level;
  • No mass events involving more than 15 people (except for allowed outdoor sporting events where the relevant number for that will continue to apply);
  • Funerals to be limited to 25 people with no pre- or post-funeral gatherings; 
  • Wedding ceremonies and civil partnerships to be limited to 25 people with no receptions.  This will be implemented on Monday 19 October. 

Read the full Executive Announcement