Postcode restrictions in Northern Ireland – Further lockdown restrictions in parts of Northern Ireland.
After a rise in the cases of coronavirus in NI, parts of the country are re-entering lockdown. Restrictions will be put in place for households in the Belfast council area, Ballymena and in postcodes BT43, BT29 and BT28.
The postcodes are in areas north of Ballymena and around Belfast in Glenavy, Crumlin, and Lisburn. The new restrictions mean that people cannot visit other people’s homes and no more than six people from two households can gather in a garden.
Anyone living in these areas are advised not to travel outside the zones unless it is completely necessary.
Hospitals and care homes are also being asked to limit visitors, only one family member can be allowed to visit per week.
These are the first local restrictions put in place in NI. They will be enforced from next week and they can be expected to last for at least a fortnight.
Postcode restrictions in Northern Ireland
The localised lockdowns were announced at a joint press conference by the First and Deputy First Minister, Arlene Foster and Michelle O’Neill, in their first conference at Stormont in 73 days.
The First Minister asked the public to, “please take action now and stop the spread of the virus”. She also advised the elderly and those with pre-existing conditions to be careful and to continue to follow all the current medical advice.
The new restrictions do not extend to business and drink-only bars have been given a provisional reopening date of the 21st of September, but it is not set in stone and may be changed closer to the date.
In the press conference Mrs Foster made it clear that, “the villain is not in businesses where numbers of customers are regulated. It’s is in our homes – it is the house party; it is the dinner party; it is the few people coming around for drinks or coffee.”
Currently, NI has the highest rate of Covid-19 cases per 100,000 in the UK.