Covid-19: Ni Under Tough New Lockdown Measures

Tougher new Covid-19 restrictions are in place across Northern Ireland as a two-week circuit breaker takes effect.

Non-essential retailers have been told to close except for click-and-collect services. Cafes and restaurants can only provide a take-away service.

Close-contact services such as hairdressers and beauty salons have also had to shut their doors.

The restrictions came into force at 00:01 GMT todays and will be in place until 00:01 on 11 December.

It means Northern Ireland will revert to similar measures introduced in March, with the exception of schools remaining open.

Garden centres, supermarkets and homeware stores are exempt from closing under the new regulations.

In Northern Ireland, there have been 962 coronavirus-related deaths.

On Thursday, the Department of Health reported eight deaths and 442 new positive cases of Covid-19.

It is hoped the measures, announced by the Stormont Executive, will help control the spread of coronavirus and bring the reproduction (R) number down ahead of the Christmas period.

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