Stormont Executive Should Not Announce Changes to Covid-19 Restrictions – .

Stormont Executive Should Not Announce Changes to Covid-19 Restrictions – .

No further changes to the coronavirus restrictions in Northern Ireland are expected as the Stormont executive meets this afternoon.

Ministers are expected to give a press briefing soon on the meeting which also discussed the budget and climate change.

The Department of Health has already recommended that no changes be made to the nine remaining Covid restrictions applicable by law in Northern Ireland, including social distancing and the wearing of face coverings in some hospitality and retail establishments retail interiors.

The meeting follows the confirmation of eight other coronavirus-related deaths and 1,165 new positive cases were confirmed on Thursday.

Currently, the coronavirus restrictions in Northern Ireland state that up to 15 people from four households can meet indoors in a private house.

Social distancing outside is no longer required, but in some places like restaurants and shops at least one meter of social distancing is still required.

Face coverings are still required on public transportation and in retail stores, unless exempted.

Nightclubs remain closed although concerts are back and indoor concert audiences must remain seated.

For international travel, a traffic light system is no longer in place with only one red list remaining.

No changes have been made to pre-travel testing and arrivals.

Those in close contact with someone who tests positive for Covid are no longer required to self-isolate provided there is at least two weeks since a second vaccine.

Contact tracing is until needed in some settings and those working from home are encouraged to continue as far as possible.

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