Northern Executive agrees to extend Covid-19 restrictions for a week

The Northern Government has agreed to a one-week extension of Covid-19 restrictions, following days of bitter division amongst ministers over whether or not to permit the hospitality business to reopen.

Hairdressers, magnificence parlours and driving instructors will have the ability to return to work on November 20th, however by appointment solely. Cafes can be allowed to open till 8pm from the identical day, however alcohol gross sales are banned.

Pubs, bars and accommodations can be permitted to promote sealed off-sales from November 20th and reopen totally every week later – despite the fact that licensed premises south of the Border will keep closed.

The Stormont ministerial briefing paper, seen by The Irish Instances, contains pledges of additional assist for hospitality companies, although Stormont departments are additionally to do extra to make sure that companies adjust to the modified guidelines.

The DUP, Alliance and the Ulster Unionist Occasion voted for the one-week extension of restrictions, adopted by a rest of the foundations, however the SDLP abstained and Sinn Féin voted towards.

Minister for Well being Robin Swann, of the Ulster Unionist Occasion, stated it was “no secret” that he had needed a unique consequence, however backed the proposal in an try and keep away from all Covid-19 restrictions lapsing very first thing on Saturday.

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