COVID-19 update for residents living in Northern Ireland

09 Apr 2020

We all need to play our part in preventing the further spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus).  

 

As we head into the weekend we wanted to remind you not to become complacent with all the great work you are doing to help prevent the further spread of COVID-19 (or coronavirus).

To help the Public Health Agency (HSC) in Northern Ireland have provided us with their latest guidelines to help us all stay safe and healthy at this time.

They are: 

•    only go outside for food, health reasons, work (but only if you cannot work from home) or one form of exercise a day, alone or with members of your household;
•    if you go out, stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people at all times;
•    avoid non-essential use of public transport, varying your travel times to avoid rush hour, when possible;
•    do not meet with friends and family – keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media;
•    use telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services;
•    wash your hands well and often, and avoid touching your face.

You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms. Everyone should be trying to follow these measures as much as possible. This will mean our usual social activities are on hold for the moment. It’s very important that we look after our mental and emotional well-being. 

We strongly advise you to follow the above measures and to significantly limit your face-to-face interaction with friends and family if possible, particularly if you:
·       are over 70;
·       have an underlying health condition;
·       are pregnant.

For more information see COVID-19: guidance on social distancing and for vulnerable people please visit the Public Health Agencies website here.

For Special Olympics athletes  you can find some easy read materials on our COVID-19 webpage here.