COVID-19: Northern Ireland Executive agrees two-week “circuit breaker” lockdown

The Northern Ireland Executive has agreed to introduce a two-week circuit breaker to slow the spread of COVID-19. The new restrictions will run for two weeks from 27 November until 11 December. The press release announcing the new restrictions issued today, 19 November, says that those businesses that are planning to open on 20 November under the current restrictions can do so but will have to close again next Friday.

So far as religious observance is concerned, places of worship must close except for weddings, civil partnerships and funerals. The attendance limit of 25 for weddings and funerals remains in force.

The Executive says that it took the decision to introduce the circuit breaker from next Friday after modelling indicated that doing so offered a greater likelihood of avoiding further restrictions before Christmas.

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