Northern Ireland is to enter a period of intensified coronavirus restrictionsafter the Stormont Executive announced closures of schools, pubs andrestaurants.
Pubs and restaurants will close for four weeks, with theexception of takeaways and deliveries, while schools will close on Monday fortwo weeks, one of which will cover the half-term break.
The measures do notamount to a full-scale lockdown similar to that imposed during the first waveof the virus, but they mark a significant ramping up of the administration’sresponse to spiralling infection rates.
Some 100 high street travel agent shops face permanent closure, their industrybody in Northern Ireland warned. Commissions already earned on forwardbookings were repaid and staff still had to be paid while earnings during thepandemic plunged. The lobby organisation is pressing for a tailored financialpackage.
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A kitten has been given a “clean bill of health” after being rescued frominside a car engine in Ballymena, Northern Ireland. The newly formed Ballymenabranch of charity Cats Protection was called after meowing was heard under acar bonnet, which turned out to be a black kitten inside the engine.Volunteers attempted to coax him out with treats and cat calls, beforereaching in and pulling him to safety.
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Northern Ireland will experience an “inevitable payback” in coronavirusinfections as a result of easing restrictions over Christmas, the chiefmedical officer has warned. Dr Michael McBride said any relaxations would havean impact on hospital admissions, as he stressed the need for people to have a“careful” Christmas.
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MPs have backed the new system of coronavirus tiers for England as BorisJohnson survived the threat of a significant revolt from Conservative rebelsto pass the restrictions. The support paves the way..
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