The Stormont Executive are to meet today to work out the details of further measures that will be put in place to slow down the concerning progression of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Restrictions are already in place from December 26 for a period of six weeks but discussions took place last night on what additional measures are necessary, given the very high levels of virus transmission within the community and the impending pressure on the hospital system from the large numbers of cases.

Stormont. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
The Stormont Executive will be introducing further measures this week to help slow the spread of Covid-19. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

The Executive agreed that it will move to put staying at home into regulations and a paper will be brought to the Executive tomorrow setting out the detail, including restrictions on travel. Across the border stay at home restrictions are in place till 31 January excluding travel for work, education or other essential reasons. Any exercise must be within 5km of your home.

It is expected that a decision will be also made today on an extended period of remote learning for schools.

The Executive will be considering further advice from the Department of Health setting out the public health situation and future implications, and Ministers will update the Assembly on Wednesday on the decisions they reach at tomorrow’s meeting.


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