Deputy First Secretary Michelle O’Neill in the Chamber of Parliament Buildings in Stormont announces Northern Ireland’s plan to ease the coronavirus lockdown. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
General view of the House of Parliament in Stormont, east Belfast, where the Northern Irish executive has defamed its plan to end the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown. Image by Jonathan Porter / PressEye
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Deputy First Secretary Michelle O’Neill outlines « tentative » preparatory steps to lift coronavirus restrictions.
MLAs are currently underway Ministers in the Assembly informed of the timetable. However, the executive’s plan was passed on to the Belfast Telegraph.
Ms. O’Neill told MLAs it was time to look hopefully ahead but recognize the enormous risks that remained.
« Because of that The executive agreed today to take a careful, cautious and hopeful approach to existing restrictions, and we will post them later today for everyone to see. «
It has been reported that another 149 cases of coronavirus have been reported and two more Deaths took the toll on 2,057. Hospitals are 94% working.
It shows a five-step process that goes from lockdown to easing restrictions on nine different sectors.
This includes home and community, sports and leisure, worship and ceremonies, education and young people, culture and entertainment, hospitality, work, retail, and finally travel and tourism.
Each sector will gradually emerge from the lockdown . They are: lockdown; careful first steps; gradual loosening; further relaxation; and then prepare for the future.
The documents the Belfast Telegraph sees – Moving Forward: The Executive’s Way Out of Restrictions – contain neither data nor details of what is required to cope with the various Phases to go through.
It contains different scenarios about what could happen and when – for example, if you are able to celebrate a birthday with friends, play with friends, start a return to work, yourself Get your hair cut and even if you can share a dance at a wedding with a live band.
The current lockdown in Northern Ireland ends April 1st. This is now due to be reviewed on March 16.
Under the retail plan, all stores can open and close contact services that can be resumed in phase three of the plan: gradual relaxation.
However, it is believed that each sector could traverse the stages at different speeds. While the training is in the fourth stage, retail could stay in the second stage. This is to bring the effects of a change in line with the transmission rate of the virus.
The ministers had decided on the basis of scientific and medical knowledge, not the calendar, when to switch between the phases.
Keeping the virus reproduction rate below 1 is believed to be a guiding principle and the executive will review the progress of the signaling pathway every month.
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