Schools in Northern Ireland will shut for two weeks from next week as part of a circuit breaker approach to bringing down Covid-19 infection rates.
Schools in Northern Ireland are to have a two-week half term as part of a circuit breaker approach to rising Covid cases.
The First Minister, Arlene Foster, announced a four-week circuit breaker attempt to bring down soaring infection rates in the province which includes extending the half-term school shutdown for a week, beginning on 19th October.
Other restrictions include a requirement for workers who can to work from home, for universities and colleges to provide distance learning as and where possible, a shutdown of hospitality, apart from takeaways, no overnight stays and household bubbles to be no bigger than 10 people from two households. Shops and gyms will be able to stay open and off licences and supermarkets will not be permitted to sell alcohol after 8pm.
The announcement, which comes into effect on Friday, is fuelling calls for similar restrictions in other parts of the UK.