what you can and cannot do as the period starts to improve


While ministers have not made travel outside the country illegal, they have issued guidelines advising against non-essential travel between Northern Ireland and Britain and the Republic of Ireland.

These measures are part of the executive’s action plan to end the restrictions, which was signed on March 2.

It includes five stages along nine lanes – retail; hospitality; education and young people; job; culture, heritage and entertainment; sports and leisures; travel and tourism; worship and ceremonies; and home and community.

The five stages of restriction start with lockdown and then extend to cautious first steps, gradual easing, further easing, and preparing for the future.

The executive will review course progress every four weeks, with the next review being May 13.

How is vaccine deployment progressing in Northern Ireland?

As of May 10, 972,597 people had received their first dose of the vaccine and 487,828 second doses had also been administered in Northern Ireland.

It comes as people aged 30 to 34 can now access a Covid-19 vaccine in Northern Ireland from April 30.

Health Minister Robin Swann said there was limited availability for people in this age cohort.

Appointments are mainly available at the SSE Arena Mass Vaccination Center in Belfast, while some appointments may also be available at community pharmacies.

Mr Swann said: “It is worth recalling the progress made by our vaccination program in a relatively short period of time.

“In less than five months, we vaccinated nearly a million people and thousands of our citizens were able to receive the vaccine well ahead of schedule.

“I know that we all long for a lasting return to more normal times and that vaccination offers the best hope for that.

“The adoption is very encouraging and I am happy that we are progressing so quickly in the cohorts.

“We have a limited number of slots that we can now offer to people between the ages of 30 and 34, so if you are eligible I urge you to move on and take the opportunity to get the jab.”

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