Are hotels closing in Northern Ireland?

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Arlene Foster became the first leader of the devolved nations to impose a “circuit-breaker” lockdown in the UK today. The decision, she said, would allow Northern Ireland to “reach a different place” as cases increased by 6,286 over the last week. The four-week lockdown will reinstate some of the stringent UK-wide restrictions the Government levelled earlier this year.

Are hotels closing in Northern Ireland?

The First Minister has imposed a total of 15 new measures on residents of Northern Ireland.

Many of these mirror others Tier 3 regions in England have recently adopted, including curbs on hospitality.

For four weeks, the hospitality industry will have to close as it did earlier this year.

The industry will now have to limit its business to just takeaway and delivery for the next four weeks.

Today’s announcement has now revealed specific rules for hotels, which serve food and accept guests for overnight stays.

Hotel owners spoke out about reigning confusion today, as they seek clarification to avoid any far-reaching consequences.

Many still need time to recover from losses sustained by the last lockdown and need reassurance on financial support.

Selina Horshi, who owns and runs a hotel in County Derry, said occupancy levels remain low and she misses out on financial support.

Ms Horshi told Good Morning Ulster the incoming lockdown would come as a “crunch time” for the hotel industry.

She said: “We really need to know exactly what the rules are because we’re always having to do things incredibly quickly.

“We need communication about exactly which parts of the sector are going to be helped and which ones aren’t. This is crunch time.”

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The First Minister told Members of the Legislative Assembly in Stormont of the news today and pleaded with people to take “personal responsibility” and follow the rules.

Ms Foster said: “We fully appreciate that this will be difficult and worrying news for a lot of people.

“The Executive has taken this decision because it is necessary, and we discussed the impacts in great detail. We do not take this step lightly.

“There will be better days if people take personal responsibility for their actions.”

“I plead with people today, please take personal responsibility for your actions. Please work with us.”

Deputy first minister Michelle O’Neill pledged businesses in Ireland would get the support they need.

She said: “We are appealing to everyone to do everything you can over these next few weeks to help keep everyone safe and save lives.

“We know this is hard and that people will be really worried about their livelihoods, but we will do everything we possibly can to make sure there are protections in place for families, workers and businesses.”

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