Schools to close and tight new hospitality rules in Northern Ireland.

Schools will close from Monday and pubs and restaurants face new restrictions from Friday, in a bid to stem cases of Covid-19, First Minister Arlene Foster has said.

The moves are among new restrictions being imposed by the executive.

Hospitality businesses will be limited to takeaway and delivery services for four weeks from Friday.

Health officials had warned infections would rise further if both schools and hospitality premises remained open.

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The executive has agreed schools will close for two week Including the half-term holiday

Until Monday 2 November, when their closure will be reviewed.

Mrs Foster is outlining the changes in a statement to assembly members which began at 10:30.

Further guidance is being issued advising against unnecessary travel.

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Talks ran into the early hours of Wednesday as ministers are trying to reach a compromise on a range of decisions.

finally agreeing to impose the following measures for four weeks from Friday:

The current restrictions on household mixing is expected to remain as they are-

That means no mixing of households in private homes

with exceptions including those joined in social bubbles and -gatherings in gardens limited to six people from no more than two households.

On Thursday,

the executive will meet to discuss further support packages for businesses .

That is concerning what closures will mean for jobs and viability.

Mrs. Foster said the executive hopes the measures would reduce virus transmission rates while reinforcing public health messaging,”Mrs. Foster said.

she told the assembly,”

“A lot of these decisions will have huge impacts – we’re very determined this will be a time-limited intervention.

Ireland hasn’t fully recovered from the virus.

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