14 Oct 2020

New tighter restrictions in Northern Ireland

New tighter restrictions will be implemented in Northern Ireland to curb the rise in cases of Covid-19, it has been announced.

Pubs and restaurants face new restrictions from Friday and schools will close from Monday, First Minister Arlene Foster has said.

Hospitality businesses will be limited to takeaway and delivery services for four weeks from Friday, and hairdressers and beauticians will also be required to close for the period.

The moves are among new restrictions being imposed by the executive.

Health officials had warned infections would rise further if both schools and hospitality premises remained open.

The executive has agreed schools will close for two weeks, including the half-term holiday, until Monday November 2, when their closure will be reviewed.

Further guidance is being issued advising against unnecessary travel.

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