Coronavirus: The clocks may be going forward but Health Minister urges: ‘Stay at home this weekend’

Police on patrol at Downhill Beach on the north coast. File picture.

THE evenings may be getting brighter this weekend with the clocks going forward an hour but Health Minister Robin Swann has urged people to stay at home because of coronavirus.

The Minister said: “The weather forecast is good for the next few days but I would really urge everyone to resist the temptation to head out and socialise.

“We have to maintain the fightback against Covid-19. That means every one of us staying at home and regularly washing our hands thoroughly. Only leave home if it’s absolutely necessary and, if you have to go out, keep your distance from others.

“This is about protecting yourself, protecting others and protecting the health service.

“For the sake of everyone you care about, don’t take a chance this weekend.”

The message from police on Saturday.


Meanwhile, the PSNI Ballymena Facebook page said on Saturday: ‘Our community is facing an unprecedented health crisis as together we battle Covid-19.

‘Your actions can either cost or save a life, Police will disperse gatherings and enforce social distancing.

‘Adhere to the guidance and regulations from NI Executive which can be accessed on NI Direct:, use your common sense, consider your own health and the health of others; #StayHomeSaveLives’

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