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: Guidance to support safe working in educational settings published

The Department of Education has issued guidance to educational settings on safe working during the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak. Embed from Getty Images   The document covers a number of areas including:     The strategy for infection prevention and control to facilitate safe working; Guidance regarding the specific circumstances in which personal protective equipment (PPE) […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Chief Medical Officer highlights importance of physical activity

The Chief Medical Officer Dr Michael McBride is reminding people of the important role physical activity plays in our overall wellbeing. Embed from Getty Images   Speaking to Newry Times, Dr McBride said, “At times like these it can be easy to fall into unhealthy patterns of behaviour but given the huge impact that this […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Ministers announce extension of key workers definition to access childcare

Ministers Robin Swann and Peter Weir have unveiled details of plans to enhance provision for the extension of childcare across Northern Ireland. Embed from Getty Images   Speaking to Newry Times, Minister Swann explained, “As a first step, we are proposing that the definition of key worker is extended to bring it into line with […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Advisory and Oversight Group to examine how to resume on-site vocational learning

Economy Minister Diane Dodds has announced the establishment of an Advisory and Oversight Group to help prepare for the safe resumption of onsite delivery of vocational learning. The expert group, which will advise further education colleges and non-statutory contractors, will consider new delivery models for vocational education to overcome the challenges posed in the wake […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: PHA says “no room for complacency with coronavirus”

The Public Health Agency (PHA) has warned that complacency around coronavirus could lead to further spread of the disease, and ultimately result in deaths. Dr Gerry Waldron, Head of Health Protection at the PHA, told Newry Times, “Thanks to people following advice, we have managed to reduce the levels of coronavirus in our community.   […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Minister reviews pause on routine inspections

DAERA Minister Edwin Poots MLA has outlined the next steps for his Department’s routine inspection programme and decided that a number of inspections will restart over the coming days and weeks. The Minister also confirmed that while some routine inspections will recommence almost immediately, the pause on others will continue in the interests of public […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Help available to deal with financial worries, says The Consumer Council

The Consumer Council is looking to provide practical help to households that are struggling financially during this COVID-19 crisis. Embed from Getty Images   This help follows on from The Consumer Council’s “True Cost” campaign, which provided free online support on:     Sources of free, independent and confidential debt advice; Alternative credit providers, including […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Poots announces £360,000 support for aquaculture sector

Fisheries Minister Edwin Poots MLA has announced a £360,000 emergency support package for Northern Ireland’s aquaculture sector. Embed from Getty Images   The package aims to help aquaculture businesses that have experienced a significant drop in sales as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.     The aquaculture sector is a small but valuable niche […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Next phase of Covid-19 public information campaign launched

The next phase of the Executive’s Covid-19 public information campaign has been launched today. Print, broadcasting, outdoor and digital media channels are being deployed in the campaign that urges citizens to follow the advice to ‘Stay Safe; Save Lives’ and ‘Work Safe; Save Lives’.     Messaging will encourage the public to: stay at home […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Newry parents and carers to receive letters about post-primary transfer process

Parents and carers will receive letters today informing them of the post-primary school in which their child has been placed. Embed from Getty Images Almost 1,000 additional places have been created in post-primary schools, resulting in the highest proportion of children placed at this stage of the process in three years.     In addition, […]

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