BALLYMENA is having new localised lockdown Covid restrictions imposed.
Restrictions on visiting other households are to be reintroduced in parts of Northern Ireland after a rise in cases of coronavirus.
The new rules affect people in Ballymena, those who live in the Belfast council area and addresses with postcodes BT43, BT28 and BT29.
Those postcodes take in parts of Glenavy, Lisburn and Crumlin.
There will be a limited number of exemptions.
Speaking at a press conference on Thursday evening, First Minister Arlene Foster said this was the time to “push down on this rising curve of infection and we must take that opportunity” by imposing restrictions.
“Broadly speaking this is in the town of Ballymena, plus the area covered by BT43 and in the Belfast City Council area and the areas covered by BT28 and BT29,” she said.
“In these areas only there will be no mixing of households in private dwellings with exemptions for bubbling with one other household, caring responsibilities in terms of childcare, essential maintenance, supported living arrangements, visits required for legal or medical purposes, or marriage or civil partnerships where one partner is terminally ill.”
Mrs Foster also added that “no more than six people are to gather in a private garden for no more than two households”.
She said the measures will “come into legal force from next week”, but the NI Executive was asking people in these areas “to take action immediately,” the BBC reports.