This explainer article details the Northern Ireland Executive’s COVID-19 recovery plan. Last changed on Thursday 15 October 2020, this article is no longer being updated. Please refer to the NI Direct website for information about the latest restrictions.
[This article was originally part of the COVID-19 Information Dissemination (COVID-19 ID) Project—a partnership between Community Development and Health Network (CDHN) and FactCheckNI. The project’s aim was to improve people’s health literacy about COVID-19 by providing accurate and up-to-date information which would increase knowledge, understanding and confidence and enable people to make good health decisions.]
What is the Northern Ireland circuit breaker?
On 14 October 2020, The Executive Office published an update to the list of regulatory (enforceable) measures as well as additional health guidance.
For a period of four weeks, starting at 6pm on Friday 16 October, the following will be in effect:
- Support bubbles are limited to 10 people from two households
- No overnight stays in a private home unless in a bubble
- Hospitality sector to close (except for takeaway/delivery)
- Fast food to close nightly at 11pm
- No sale of alcohol (in off-licences and supermarkets) after 8pm
- Retail remains open with emphasis on mitigations
- No mass events involving more than 15 people
- No close-contact services, including hairdressers and beauticians (health needs excluded)
- No indoor sport; no organised outdoor sport involving mixing of households (exception for elite athletes)
- Gyms open for individual training only
- Churches remain open (face masks mandatory on entering/leaving)
- Funerals limited to 25 people with no gatherings before or afterwards
- Weddings limited to 25 people (from Monday 19 October)
- Advised not to travel unnecessarily
- Advised to work from home
- Universities and further education advised to deliver distance learning as much as possible
In addition, the school half term holiday will be extended, beginning on Monday 19 October and reopening on Monday 2 November.