NI Coronavirus: Complete List of New Dec. 11 Measures Revealed by Executive

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The full set of new Covid-19 measures agreed by the Northern Ireland executive have been revealed.

They will go into effect on December 11, after the strict two-week breaker ends.

Shops, hairdressers, restaurants, places of worship and hotels are among the places that may reopen. Pubs selling only drinks (wet pubs) will remain closed and an additional financial package will be put in place.

The executive also agreed to Christmas household bubbling arrangements from December 23 to 27, when three households will be able to come together in home environments, outdoor public spaces and places of worship.

One of the households will be able to integrate its existing domestic bubble.

Executive decisions

The executive agreed that the following can open:

  • Non-essential businesses, including retail and close contact services, including driving instructors.
  • Pubs and private clubs serving a main or substantial meal that has been prepared in their own kitchen; restaurants and cafes. Contact details must come from all customers. Mitigation measures, which were previously necessary, will remain in place. Food and drinks can be purchased until 10:30 p.m. but cannot be consumed on site after 11:00 p.m., and all persons must vacate the premises by 11:00 p.m.
  • Hotels and guest rooms. Mitigation measures that were previously necessary will remain in place, including restrictions on food and drink.
  • Gyms, swimming pools and diving pools can be opened for individual training, training with a personal trainer and non-aerobic classes for up to 15 people. Contact details must be taken.
  • Outdoor events and gatherings, subject to risk assessment if more than 15 participants and measures in place to limit the risk of virus transmission with an upper limit of 500 participants.
  • Sporting events, subject to a risk assessment if more than 15 people are present with measures in place to limit the risk of transmission of the virus. An upper limit of 500 spectators is allowed. Inter-school sports competitions are not allowed.
  • Outdoor exercise in groups of up to 15 people.
  • Places of worship.
  • Outdoor and indoor tourist attractions, museums, galleries and libraries.

The following items must remain closed:

  • Wet pubs and private clubs do not serve as a main or heavy meal. Sales are allowed until 10:30 p.m. This applies to off-sales, supermarkets and hospitality venues selling alcohol.
  • Concert halls and theaters, except for rehearsals and recordings.
  • Nightclubs.

The executive also agreed that:

  • Current arrangements for gatherings in domestic and private accommodation will remain the same as currently in place, with the exception of temporary arrangements during the Christmas period.
  • Receptions for weddings and civil partnerships are permitted, with the number subject to a risk assessment determined by the place of worship or location. Mitigation measures that were previously necessary will remain in place.
  • Wedding ceremonies and civil partnerships will continue and the number of participants will be determined by place of worship or location.
  • Participants and the funeral organizer / operator must adhere to funeral guidelines issued by the Department of Health.
  • No group vacations outside the rules of the domestic environment – this applies to places, such as self-catering chalets, which can accommodate large numbers.

Prime Minister Arlene Foster said: “Through our collective efforts over the past few weeks, we have gained enough space in the transmission of the virus to ease a significant number of restrictions, including the opening of non-essential businesses, local services, sports and leisure. activities and our places of worship at the end of next week.

“These decisions will give families, businesses and employees the certainty and comfort they need as Christmas approaches and beyond.

Prime Minister Arlene Foster pictured during a press conference in the Parliament Buildings in Stormont this afternoon.
(Image: Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye)

“It’s a special time of the year and we want to help people have a good Christmas, but also a safe Christmas.

“Significant work has been done with business sectors, faith groups, local government and the police on new mitigation measures to reduce the risk of transmission.

“I urge everyone to be aware of Covid and to make prudent and sensible decisions when traveling or in contact with others. We need to make sure we continue to do whatever we can to protect ourselves and our loved ones. ”

Deputy Prime Minister Michelle O’Neill said, “The executive wants to let people know as much as possible about what the situation will look like starting next Friday, when the current circuit breaker ends.

“We have looked in detail at what restrictions need to be maintained and what we can open up, in light of scientific and medical advice.

Deputy Prime Minister Michelle O’Neill pictured at a press conference in the Parliament Buildings on Thursday
(Image: Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.)

“A package of measures that will result in significant easing of current restrictions has been agreed, with maximum mitigation measures in place to minimize risks as much as possible. An additional support package will be put in place for traditional pubs which unfortunately will not be able to reopen for the moment.

“We appreciate the importance of the Christmas season to many families and the executive has made arrangements that will allow families and friends to get together on a limited basis between December 23 and 27.

“It’s important for people to understand that with increased contact comes an increased risk. Everyone needs to think very carefully about the risks to themselves and those close to them when they come together during the Christmas season, especially for vulnerable people. Some may choose not to form a Christmas bubble, but for those who do, we encourage them to keep their bubbles small and limit the number of people who gather as much as possible. ”

Details on Christmas arrangements are available at: www.nidirect.gov.uk/coronavirus-christmas.

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