Category archives for: Coronavirus

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Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Libraries praised for their work during lockdown

Communities Minister Carál Ní Chuilín has confirmed that current restrictions on libraries will be relaxed to allow their reopening in a manner which maximises safety for the public and staff. Embed from Getty Images   The Executive this week confirmed the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (NI) Regulations 2020 will be lifted to allow libraries to […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Childcare Recovery Plan and Education Restart FAQs available online

The Department of Education has published information on the childcare recovery plan and Education Restart programme which will align to form the basis for the return to school in August. Embed from Getty Images   The information, which is published on the Department’s website in a question and answer format, provides an initial outline of […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Cross government response to tackling domestic and sexual abuse

Health Minister Robin Swann, Justice Minister Naomi Long, and Communities Minister Caral Ni Chuilin are reminding people that if anyone is at risk of, or experiencing domestic or sexual abuse, help is still available. Embed from Getty Images Speaking to Newry Times, Minister Swann said, “We are acutely aware of how difficult lockdown has been […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Childcare available to all parents, Ministers announce

Ministers Robin Swann and Peter Weir have confirmed that the definition of key worker will no longer apply for access to childcare. Embed from Getty Images   The announcement follows the recent publication of the Childcare Sector Recovery Plan. Speaking to Newry Times, Minister Swann said, “The key worker definition for childcare purposes will no […]

Call for ‘immediate support’ for taxi sector

Sinn Féin spokesperson for Infrastructure Cathal Boylan has said that the protest by taxi drivers outside Stormont this week is evidence of their growing frustration at the inaction by the Infrastructure and Economy ministers. Speaking to Newry Times, the Newry and Armagh MLA said, “Those in the transport sector, such as taxi drivers, have been […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: £5.6m available to alleviate student hardship announced

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Economy Minister Diane Dodds has announced an additional £1.4million to alleviate student hardship. This brings the total available to £5.6million in the 2020/21 financial year.     Commenting on the announcement, the Minister said, “Each year my Department makes available support funds to the local Higher Education Institutions for distribution to students who can demonstrate […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Weir publishes new school day guidance for special schools

Guidance setting out how special schools should plan for the new school day has been published. Embed from Getty Images   The guidance is a supplement to the ‘New School Day’ guidance which was issued on 19 June. Speaking to Newry Times, Education Minister Peter Weir said, “I have already stated that I want to […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Latest update on ‘R’ number released

The Department of Health has published the current Covid-19 reproduction number (R). The current estimate of R is 0.6 – 0.9 which has remained steady since last week and is helping the Executive in its decision making this week.     As of 21 June, the seven-day rolling average of new cases is two. In […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Zoos to reopen on 3 July

Northern Ireland’s 25 zoo licence holders can reopen their businesses to the public from 3 July 2020, after closing due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Agriculture Minister Edwin Poots has announced. The Minister said that all current zoo licence holders in Northern Ireland can reopen in line with Executive’s decision to relax restrictions in respect to […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Minister announces ‘indicative timeframe’ for a return to sport

The Executive has approved an indicative timeframe for a return to outdoor training, including contact elements from 29 June, in advance of competitive sport resuming on 17 July. Embed from Getty Images Other dates scheduled include when playgrounds, outdoor courts and gyms from 10 July, while indoor leisure facilities and rinks can open from the […]


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