Lord Mayor urges everyone to stay safe this Christmas

Lord Mayor stay safe this Christmas

LORD Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon urges everyone in the borough to stay safe during the festive period.

The two-week restrictions will relax from Friday 11 December to allow non-essential retail, hairdressers, restaurants, sport and leisure activities, places of worship and hotels to re-open.

Christmas household bubbling arrangements from 23-27 December will enable three households to come together for this period in domestic settings, outdoor public spaces and place of worship.  One of the households will be able to include their existing household bubble.

Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon, Councillor Kevin Savage said,

“The re-opening of non-essential retail and close contact services is a welcome boost for our local businesses in the lead-up to Christmas.  Businesses have worked tirelessly to provide a safe environment for customers and staff, and now they need our help more than ever, so I urge everyone to think local first and support our city, towns and villages.

“Christmas is a special time of the year and while this one will feel different the household bubbling arrangements gives us a way to plan celebrations in a safe and responsible way. Earlier this year the Deputy Lord Mayor and I launched a #StopTheSpread campaign and I want to thank the people of our borough for the efforts and sacrifices they have made throughout this difficult and challenging time  to protect each other and those who are vulnerable in our community.  I encourage everyone to continue to follow the public health advice, bubble in small numbers, look after each other and stay safe this Christmas.”

Christmas bubbling arrangements (23-27 December):

  • you can form one ‘Christmas bubble’ – this can be composed of up to three households and one of the three households can include an existing bubble arrangement
  • the households in your bubble cannot be part of other Christmas bubbles during the 5 day period
  • you cannot change your bubble mid-way through – once you are in a Christmas bubble you can’t start another with a different household
  • there is no upper limit on the number of people within the Christmas bubble who can meet indoors at any one time – it is important that you keep your Christmas bubble as small as possible
  • you must stop contact with any pre-existing bubble that is not part of your Christmas bubble and you must wait 14 days from the last visit of the original linked household before starting your new Christmas bubble
  • if anyone in the Christmas bubble tests positive for Covid-19, all members of the bubble will be required to isolate for 14 days
  • within Northern Ireland, you should travel to meet your Christmas bubble and return home within the designated window (23-27 December)
  • if you are travelling outside of Northern Ireland to meet your Christmas bubble you can do so between 22 and 28 December, if necessary
  • you can only meet your Christmas bubble in private dwellings, at a place of worship or an outdoor public place
  • regulations on meeting people in other settings will remain in place

For up-to-date information on council services and facilities visit www.armaghbanbridgecraigavon.gov.uk/local-restrictions

For travel advice, testing, current and Christmas restrictions visit www.nidirect.gov.uk/coronavirus