Northern Ireland - COVID-19 Restrictions Update

Update 11/09/2020

Northern Ireland - Local Area Restrictions Effective 14/9/2020

Yesterday the NI Executive introduced restrictions for people living in certain areas in Northern Ireland (Belfast City Council area, the town of Ballymena and postcode areas BT28 and BT43). 

The announcement relates to private households. Education settings are not affected by the restrictions.

SFNI have however asked for confirmation of this from the Department of Education and Education Authority and will provide a further update if there is any change. 


Notice from 21/08/2020 - Following Executive announcements outlining the revised guidelines applicable within NI, Scouting Ireland can confirm the following

The status in NI is:

  • The number of people that can participate in an outdoor gathering will be 30 (small teams still recommended).*
  • A return to indoor meetings is not currently permitted in Northern Ireland (and will not be permitted before October 2020). 
  • Indoor residentials are not permitted at this time, with no return date for them agreed. 

We are awaiting guidance from the Department of Education/Education Authority regarding the specific measures that will need to be in place for returning indoors. 

*The Department of Education have clarified that outdoor scouting activities can be in groups of up to 30 people (small teams still recommended).  The limit of 15 people outdoors applies to families/communities. 

CLICK HERE for more information from the executive and CLICK HERE to see the NI Executive announcement of changes made yesterday.

Click Here for information on restrictions in the Republic of Ireland.

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