COVID-19: Northern Ireland to face tough lockdown measures from next Friday

New Delhi (NVI): Northern Ireland is set to face a two-week period of tougher Covid-19 lockdown measures from next Friday.

Under new restrictions, to take effect for two weeks from November 27, non-essential retail and churches will also be shut.

It means cafes and close-contact services, which are permitted to re-open this weekend, will be closed again one week later.

Furthermore, pubs and licensed restaurants, which were due to re-open next Friday, will also remain closed for another two weeks.

No household gatherings of more than one household, other than current bubbling arrangements, will be permitted with exceptions for caring, maintenance, house moves.

However, public parks and outdoor play areas will be permitted to remain open.

Now from next Friday, Northern Ireland will revert back to similar measures introduced in March, with the exception of schools remaining open.

So far, the region has reported 48,229 coronavirus infections and 889 fatalities caused by the deadly contagion.