Northern Ireland are set to go into a “circuit breaker” lockdown for four weeks, with pubs and restaurants closing and schools will close for two weeks.
According to PA news agency, from Friday 16 October hospitality outlets will close and other measures in the country will start from Monday 19 October.
Northern Ireland’s First Minister Arlene Foster is to address Stormont Assembly later on Wednesday.
Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill tweeted, “painstaking consideration” had been given to the “next steps.”
She wrote, “We know this is hard and that people will be worried about their livelihoods, but we will do everything we possibly can to make sure there are protections in place for businesses, workers and families.”