Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Statement from Health Minister on COVID-19 response

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Monday, March 23rd, 2020

Health Minister Robin Swann has issued a letter to the childcare sector in relation to Covid-19.

The letter clarifies that childcare – both daycare and childminding – will continue in Northern Ireland to meet the needs of parents who are key workers and vulnerable children.



Speaking to Newry Times, Health Minister, Robin Swann said, “These are challenging times for all of us, and I want to help to ease the uncertainty for daycare providers and childminders by confirming that childcare will continue in Northern Ireland for parents who are key workers and have childcare needs.

“It will also continue to ensure that children who are vulnerable can continue to access childcare.

“I want to thank childminders and daycare workers for continuing to provide a vital service for families and children across the country,” he continued.



“My officials are developing guidance for daycare facilities, childminders, and parents, which will help to guide them through the coming weeks and months.

“My aim is to provide as much flexibility as possible within the boundaries of safe childcare.



“Childcare providers should continue to check the Public Health Agency website ( for the latest infection control advice, including Public Health England’s guidance on social distancing,” Minister Swann added.


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