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Shoppers in Belfast city centre earlier this month

Shoppers in Belfast city centre earlier this month

Shoppers in Belfast city centre earlier this month

Belfast City Council health and safety staff have been given powers of enforcement to clamp down on Covid-19 offenders, this newspaper can reveal.

Their new authority comes into effect immediately and coincides with the easing of Stormont's restrictions.

It is likely to be a baptism of fire for the 'compliance officers', with city stores sure to be thronged with people doing their Christmas shopping.


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