SDLP Leader Colum Eastwood has urged people to follow the public health guidance during the next two weeks to save lives, prevent our health service being overwhelmed and secure a safe Christmas.
Said the Foyle MP: “Today begins two weeks of increased restrictions for people across the North. The medical and scientific evidence indicates that this is our best chance at breaking the hold of the virus and avoiding another lockdown over Christmas.
“However, we know that this circuit breaker will only work if people comply and I urge people to stay at home where possible and limit their social contact.
“The next couple weeks are going to be very difficult for people right across our society but I urge everyone to stay at home where possible, wear a mask and follow the public health guidance.
“There is some light at the end of this very long, dark tunnel with positive steps towards a vaccine, but we still must play our part to break hold of the virus.
“If we work together, we can get this virus under control and enjoy a safe Christmas with our families.”