NI Executive publishes plan to ease lockdown by summer

first_img NI Executive publishes plan to ease lockdown by summer AudioHomepage BannerNews Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twitter Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR DL Debate – 24/05/21 Twitter Northern Ireland’s restaurants and pubs will reopen fully by early summer under the region’s much anticipated local roadmap out of lockdown.A series of reviews will be held on 16th March, 15th April, 13ty May and 10th June, with decisions being made based on what progress has been achieved on those dates.The staggered approach to getting back to normal, which is not tied to specific dates, will begin with what the Executive is billing as “cautious first steps”.Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill says the region will see a gradual return to normality…………Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.A further 149 cases of Covid 19 have been confirmed North of the border today, with two additional covid related deaths.289 patients are being treated for the disease in hospital, with 34 in ICU.*****************Executive statement in full -Executive sets out plan to ease out of restrictionsThe Executive has outlined its pathway to a gradual easing of the current restrictions.‘Moving Forward: The Executive’s Pathway Out Of Restrictions’ sets out a step-by-step approach to the relaxation of the current regulations.The plan builds on medical and scientific advances over the last year, which together with the collective action of citizens, has resulted in a reduction in levels of infection across our community.These advances include the expansion of the test, track and protect systems to target localised outbreaks and identify and respond rapidly to any new variants of concern; and the success of our vaccination programme, which has delivered a vaccine to more than 500,000 people since the beginning of December and is continuing to roll-out at speed across the adult population.We have made significant progress and there is much to be hopeful for.However, we are mindful that the Covid-19 pandemic can be highly unpredictable and the situation is complicated by the emergence of new variants, which can spread even more easily between people.In moving forward, we must be cautious and measured. Our flexible framework outlines nine pathways each of which has five phases detailing the level of restrictions required.The sequencing of progress through the phases will be based on evidence, the prevailing public health situation and an assessment of impacts for people, for society and for the economy.This means that we may be in different phases across the nine pathways at any given time.We have already begun our journey of gradual easements in some areas. The process of returning our young people to schools will begin with phase 1 on Monday March 8; and phase 2 on March 22. Subject to the levels of community transmission, the return of other pupils to school will begin immediately after the Easter holidays with the aim of all pupils returning to school as soon as possible.Each step must be informed by the impact of the last relaxation on community transmission and the R number. That’s why we believe a careful approach, taking one small step at a time and reviewing the impacts, is the best and safest way to move forward. While we understand that people want certainty, we cannot be bound by dates that would only serve to give people false hope.A rigorous monitor, review and implementation system has been developed to assess the impact of each phase of the relaxations and identify possible next actions.Businesses will rightly want time to prepare for reopening when the time is right to do so. Engagement with relevant sectors will be a core element of our four-weekly reviews, which will help to support preparations for Covid-19 safe environments.The first Comprehensive Formal Review will be held on 16 March and subsequent dates are 15 April, 13 May and 10 June.These should not be viewed as dates on which we will move to lift certain restrictions; rather, they are appropriate dates that have been identified to examine all relevant indicators.In line with the Executive’s guiding principles on the management of the pandemic all decision-making will be evidenced, proportionate, necessary and sustainable.View/download a copy of the ‘Moving Forward: The Executive’s Pathway Out Of Restrictions’ document via the following By News Highland – March 2, 2021 WhatsApp Google+center_img Pinterest Google+ Previous articleAppeal after ‘selfish’ acts of vandalism at local play facilitiesNext articleMan detained in Derry as part of suspicious death investigation News Highland WhatsApp Pinterest Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Facebook Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA last_img read more