Category archives for: Coronavirus

Follow Newry Times’ coverage of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. We will keep you updated with all news and events in relation to the virus on this page.

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Hotels to re-open from 20 July 2020

Economy Minister Diane Dodds has announced plans to allow hotels and other tourist accommodation to re-open from 20 July. Embed from Getty Images   Speaking to Newry Times, Minister Dodds said, “Covid-19 has presented an unprecedented challenge for our tourism industry, as it has for tourism markets around the world. “I believe the time is […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Landlord’s “bullying behaviour is unacceptable and must stop”

Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey MLA has encouraged landlords and tenants to work together throughout the Covid-19 emergency and beyond. The Minister expressed her thanks to the vast majority of landlords who have acted responsibly during this time, but following reports on social media of some landlords issuing threatening letters to tenants, the Minister reminded the […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Hargey praises volunteers’ contribution

As Volunteers’ Week gets underway Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey has expressed her gratitude to the thousands of volunteers who selflessly give their time to help others.   The Minister said a light had been shone on volunteers’ contribution to society in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Volunteers’ Week, which runs from 1–7 June, recognises […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Minister sets out scale of contact tracing operation

Testing and contact tracing will play a central role in unlocking the Coronavirus lockdown in Northern Ireland, Health Minister Robin Swann has emphasised. Embed from Getty Images Everyone who develops Covid-19 symptoms is urged to book a test without delay. The Minister has spelt out the scale of the NI contact tracing programme, which is […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: SDLP seek “firm timetable” on reopening of Daisy Hill Hospital services

SDLP Newry Mourne and Down Councillors have responded to Trust statements on the restoration of services at the Downe and Daisy Hill Hospitals. They have called for a firm timetable on the reopening of suspended services. SDLP Council Group Leader Pete Byrne told Newry Times, “Over the last week myself and SDLP assembly and council […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Department “needs to improve engagement with Road Haulage sector”

Sinn Féin MLA Liz Kimmins has called on the Infrastructure Minister to ensure her department engages fully with hauliers and their representatives during the COVID-19 pandemic. Embed from Getty Images   Speaking to Newry Times, the Newry and Armagh MLA stated, “The Road Haulage Association has expressed frustration that communication between the Department and the […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Relaxation of Coronavirus Regulations on 8 June if “R number remains low”

The Executive has signalled its intention to make several changes to the Coronavirus Regulations in the weeks ahead but stressed that those would be conditional on the course of the epidemic. Embed from Getty Images   Ministers have also agreed to amend the regulations to make clear hotels can take advance bookings in preparation for […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: ‘Disgraceful’ scenes in Warrenpoint and Camlough as crowds gather

“We haven’t been going through this exercise of shutting down society because it’s a game. We have done it because we want to keep people alive.”   Local Sinn Féin representatives Councillors Oonagh Magennis and Jackie Donnelly have both expressed their disappointment after reports of social distancing measures being breached. Reports included large gatherings of […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Local MLA calls for ‘shielding’ clarity

SDLP Health Spokesperson, Colin McGrath MLA has written to Health Minister, Robin Swann, asking him to provide some clarity for those in the shielding category.   Embed from Getty Images   Speaking to Newry Times, the South Down MLA said, “Nobody should be in any doubt that all of our health services, including Minister Swann, are […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Expired driving licences extended for 7 months

Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon has announced plans to extend expiring driving licences for an additional seven months from the expiry date. The new arrangements will be put in place in the coming days, as soon as a new EU Regulation becomes law.      This means that all driving licences with an expiry date between […]

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