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An 8pm to 6am ‘stay at home curfew’ to begin in NI on Boxing Day

A ‘stay at home curfew’ from 8pm until 6am will come into play in Northern Ireland from December 26.

The curfew will remain in place for a week, with the Executive advising on essential travel only.

The latest measures were published by the Executive earlier today.

The Christmas bubble comes into affect from today, where you can travel to meet your family on one day only up until December 27. This is to provide some flexibility for those working on Christmas Day.

The ‘stay at home curfew’ will be in place from Boxing Day with exceptions only for specifically defined purposes – see below for examples.

Also, if you are arriving into Northern Ireland from within the Common Travel Area and you plan to remain here for at least 24 hours, you must self-isolate upon arrival for 10 days in the same way as international arrivals.

You should follow the guidance for self-isolation, which includes a list of those who are exempt from self-isolation due to the nature of their work.

People who routinely cross the border for essential purposes are not subject to these requirements.

If you are arriving into Northern Ireland from within the common travel area to provide health or social care, or to provide an emergency service, you are not subject to these requirements. However you should consult with your employer before travelling or attending work, who will then advise you on the best course of action.

Your household members do not need to self-isolate with you, but they must take extra care to follow the guidance on social distancing, hand hygiene and respiratory hygiene. You are permitted to leave self-isolation in order to leave Northern Ireland, should your intended stay be shorter than 10 days.

If you are travelling to or from Northern Ireland you are also subject to the rules of where you are travelling to and from. Links to the local guidance in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland are available below:

Essential travel includes but is not restricted to:

– returning home, if you are away from your permanent place of residence
– work, where you cannot work from home
– accessing health and social care services
– accessing critical services including education, childcare, or services to victims
– fulfilling essential caring responsibilities
– buying essential goods or services within your local area
– attending the care and exercise of an animal, or veterinary services
– fulfilling a legal obligation, including attending court or satisfying bail conditions, or participating in legal proceedings
to provide emergency response services
– Travelling from Great Britain, Republic of Ireland, Isle of Man or Channel Islands (the Common Travel Area)
– You should not travel in or out of Northern Ireland except where it is essential to do so.

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