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Covid-19 - Omricon Information and Updates

Please read the following regulations and guidelines to keep yourself and others safe. 

Following an increase in coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Northern Ireland, additional restrictions will be introduced for people in Northern Ireland.

These new restrictions are being put in place to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

This is a summary of new measures that have been proposed to help prevent the spread of the Omicron variant.

It is recommended that you keep up to date with any changes by checking the NI Direct website https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/coronavirus-covid-19-regulations-and-guidance-what-they-mean-you

From 26 December

From 06:00 on 26 December the following legal requirements will apply:

  • Nightclubs will be required to close and dancing will be prohibited in hospitality settings. This requirement does not apply to weddings and civil partnerships.
  • Indoor standing events will not be permitted.

From 27 December

From 06:00 on 27 December the following legal requirements will apply:

  • A maximum of six people will be permitted to be seated together in hospitality settings.  More than six will be permitted if they all belong to a single household, up to a maximum of 10. Children aged 12 and under are not counted in the total. This requirement does not apply to weddings and civil partnerships.
  • Table service will be required. Apart from entering and leaving the premises, the only movement allowed indoors is to access toilet facilities, to select food from a buffet or to pay.
  • Retail businesses must take reasonable measures to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Retail businesses vary significantly in terms of size, layout and capacity, however consideration must be given to social distancing, one-way systems, screens, barriers and capacity management.
  • Two metre social distancing will be required in office settings.
  • There will be a statutory duty on businesses to take reasonable measures to promote compliance with face coverings requirements, with a grace period until 7 January before enforcement is implemented.
  • The exemption of wearing a face covering where it causes severe stress will be removed and the onus of proving an exemption on medical grounds will be on the individual, with a grace period until 7 January before enforcement is implemented.

Further advice

  • You are also strongly advised to:
  • limit the number of contacts you have – if you meet others, gather in small groups of no more than three households;
  • take a lateral flow test before you meet others – this includes before attending an indoor or outdoor event or gathering;
  • wear a face covering; and
  • avoid crowded places – shop at quieter times where possible and follow the enhanced precautions in shops and hospitality venues, which may include controlled entrances and exits to limit customer numbers, signs and floor markings to help people keep a safe distance from others.

NI Direct website.

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