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Localised Restrictions

The Executive has decided to introduce a series of localised restrictions to stem the increase in Covid-19 cases and keep people safe on 10th Sept.

The areas covered are:

  • Belfast City Council area

  • Postcode area BT28

  • Postcode area BT29

  • The town of Ballymena and postcode area BT43

The restrictions are:

  • No mixing of households in private dwellings, with exemptions for:

  • bubbling with one other household;

  • caring responsibilities including childcare;

  • essential maintenance, supported living arrangements;

  • visits required for legal or medical purposes; or marriage or civil partnerships where one partner is terminally ill;

  • No more than six people to gather in a private garden from no more than two households;

  • Anyone living in these areas is asked to avoid unnecessary travel outside the restricted areas;

Care homes and hospitals in these areas will be advised to significantly curtail visits as soon as practicable. One member of a family will be permitted a visit once a week while these localised restrictions apply. More frequent visits may be permitted in exceptional circumstances, including palliative care facilities and those receiving end of life care.

Medically vulnerable and older people living in these areas are asked to be particularly careful in following the advice on limiting household contacts, social distancing, hand washing and wearing a face covering, given the local levels of Covid-19.

Anyone living in the areas is asked to follow the restrictions with immediate effect.

Regulations on the restrictions will be introduced next week, making some legally enforceable. The Executive has also agreed today to set up a new Ministerial-led group to consider compliance and enforcement of the regulations, representing a concerted effort to ensure that everyone follows the letter and spirit of the law. The localised restrictions will be in place for a minimum of two weeks, after which they will be reviewed. Postcode areas may be added and removed from the local restrictions as patterns of infection change and further interventions and restrictions can be introduced as necessary. The restrictions are being applied for postcodes which currently have levels of Covid cases at or above those where local restrictions have been imposed elsewhere in the UK and Ireland. A number of Belfast Council postcodes fall into this category. The Executive has decided to apply restrictions across the entire Belfast City council boundaries, reflecting the level of population movement across the city, including by public transport. The Executive had the option of applying restrictions to the whole of the province. However, there is a marked variation in the incidence of cases in different localities. It is hoped that a geographically targeted approach will help create a clear incentive for widespread compliance with public health advice.

Full info available HERE

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