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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

‘Stay at home’ or risk a fine

As the Northern Ireland public wakes this morning, new tougher restrictions have come into effect in an attempt to reduce the spread of COVID-19 across the province.

The legislation means that a stay at home order is now in law, which prevents individuals from leaving their homes or intending to do so for non-essential purposes and without a ‘reasonable excuse’.

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These include attending your workplace when it can’t be done from home, care & medical needs and for food requirements.

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Enforcement powers will allow the Police to either send individuals home or issue a fine of £200 to those found in breach of the new restrictions, increased up to £5,000 if the case goes to court.

Other restrictions in place:

  • Private garden gatherings – maximum of six people from one household or support bubble only, with children under 12 counting towards the permitted total.
  • Gatherings reduced to maximum of six people from two households. Children under 12 are now counted towards the permitted total.
  • Outdoor exercise permitted with one person from another household – to allow, for example, those living alone to go for a walk with a friend.
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This will remain in place until February 6 BUT will be reviewed on January 21.

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