Coronavirus Northern Ireland: the number of people who can meet outside has increased from 10 to 30


The number of people who can meet outside has increased from 10 to 30, it was announced today. Premiers and Deputy Prime Ministers revealed the decision at the Stormont briefing, but warned that guidelines to reduce social distance to one meter do not mean that the two-meter rule has been abandoned.

Stormont Premier Arlene Foster said she attended a worship service at Enniskillen Cathedral in Fermanagh on Monday as restrictions on religious services were lifted.

However, she and Deputy Prime Minister Michelle O’Neill did not release more details on the number of people allowed to enter places of worship, other than to say the usual social distance guidelines must be respected.

The Prime Minister said: “The Executive has decided today, as planned, the next step by increasing the number of people who can meet outside from 10 to 30 hours.”

Deputy Prime Minister Michelle O’Neill said indoor meetings were held at a maximum of six because of the increased risk of the virus spreading.

She added, “Today we have continued to make progress in our recovery stages and I think we are making commensurate progress at the right time.”

O’Neill said that the message that people standing at a social distance of two meters if possible had not been heard well enough, adding that people can use one meter when two is “impossible” and that “mitigation measures” have been put in place. place.

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She said there was less risk of spreading Covid-19 within two meters than one.

She added, “I urge all companies to act responsibly, as many already do. It is encouraging to see the work in progress for the reopening. ”

Asked about the upcoming funeral of Republican veteran Bobby Storey, Michelle O’Neill said anyone present “should observe public health advice.”

Foster said today’s announcement came after Health Minister Robin Swann said on Monday that it was the third day in a row without any Covid-19 intensive care patients.


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