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Nightclubs in Northern Ireland to close at 6:AM on Boxing Day

New restrictions will also see the rule-of-six reintroduced and table service

  • Becky Buckle
  • 22 December 2021
Nightclubs in Northern Ireland to close at 6:AM on Boxing Day

Stormont ministers have concluded that nightclubs in Northern Ireland will close at 6:AM on Boxing Day as the Omicron variant continues to spread.

The meeting has been over three hours long so far with tighter restrictions confirmed including table service and the rule-of-six to also return on December 26.

From December 27, people will also be urged to limit meetings inside to no more than three households, but this will be guidance and students returning home will be part of their original household.

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The decision to close nightclubs has been said to have changed three times through the course of the meeting according to the BBC.

Ministers are due to meet again on December 30 to review all the measures made today.

Nightclubs in Northern Ireland reopened on October 31 this year, after being closed since March 2020.

Earlier today Northern Ireland recorded its highest number of positive COVID cases since the start of the pandemic. The Department of Health has reported over 14,000 new cases of COVID-19 in the last week.

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On Wednesday morning, it was reported that there were 261 COVID patients in hospital, with of them 34 in intensive care.

Becky Buckle is Mixmag's Digital Intern, follow her on Twitter

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