By Matthew Roscoe • 18 February 2021 • 23:35
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Northern Ireland’s First Minister Announces Lockdown is Extended to April 1.
FIRST MINISTER Arlene Foster has announced on Thursday, February 18 that Northern Ireland’s lockdown, which had been due to lapse on March 5, will be extended to April 1, HOWEVER, some children will return to school earlier, according to the PA News Agency.
Mrs Foster said that “a full lifting of the current restrictions is not possible at this point” before adding that Northern Ireland’s Executive had “reluctantly” accepted the advice of scientists that coronavirus measures needed to be in place for longer.
The decision to extend the main lockdown restrictions to April 1 will be subject to a review on March 18.
As reported by Sky News, these are the conditions for the phased return of schools:
Only vulnerable children and those of key workers have been in classrooms in Northern Ireland since January.
At a meeting on Thursday, the Executive also agreed:
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