The Executive has been in extensive talks for most of Thursday, trying to reach an agreement on an extension and further restrictions, as businesses prepare to reopen after five weeks of closures.
This comes a week after it was decided that the circuit breaker would be extended for one additional week, allowing a phased reopening from November 20.
Close contact services along with cafe and restaurants (unlicensed) were permitted to open from tomorrow (November 20) whilst licenced premises and pubs would have to wait an additional week until November 27.
However, these changes to restriction seem to have been short-lived as tonight the Executive have decided several additional restrictions which will come into effect on Friday, November 27, effectively allowing businesses to trade for only one week before having to shut again.
Beginning November 27 the following restrictions will apply for a two week period.:
- All essential retail will have to close as will churches and the leisure industry;
- Hospitality will remain closed;
- Close contact services, cafes & restaurants are permitted to reopen as planned but must close one week later. Takeaway services permitted;
- Schools will remain open;
- No household gatherings other than support bubbles under current exceptions for caring, maintenance and house moves and
- Executive advises individuals to remain at home.