Restaurants in Northern Ireland will only be able to operate on a delivery and takeaway basis from Friday evening (16 October) as part of a new wave of tighter measures across the country to control Covid-19 infection rates.
The restrictions will last for four weeks, in a move from first minister Arlene Foster that will also see schools close for a fortnight and other hospitality businesses affected.
According to BBC News, the executive will meet on Thursday to discuss further support packages for businesses concerned about what closures will mean for their employees and company viability.
It is expected that the measures will come into force at 6pm on Friday.
The news comes as prime minister Boris Johnson faces fresh pressure for a similar ‘circuit-breaker’ lockdown in the UK, and continues to come under fire from MPs and retaliating against the 10pm curfew affecting the hospitality sector.
Businesses across England are also feeling the effects of Johnson’s tiered local lockdown system, which comes into force today (14 October), that sees vertical drinking hospitality businesses closed and a ban on households mixing in ‘very high alert’ areas of the country.