With an announcement expected on Thursday that Covid-19 restrictions could be further tightened in Northern Ireland, the Belfast Telegraph takes a look at five key areas the Executive will have to consider.Rising rate of virus cases
In the last seven days, some 4,417 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in Northern Ireland.
The death toll now stands at 586 after one further death was announced on Wednesday.
In total, there have been 16,187 positive cases here since the outbreak began.
On Friday a record 934 cases of Covid-19 were diagnosed in just 24 hours. Health Minister Robin Swann was "floored" by the number and said he never expected it to be so high.
Experts have said that a two-week 'circuit breaker' will reduce the number of positive cases but the figure will inevitably rise when it comes to an end.
Queen's University has been battling an outbreak of Covid-19 even though the new academic year has just begun.
So far, 166 students and staff have tested positive and 400 are self-isolating.
Police cracked down on the Holyland area of south Belfast last month as some students continually flouted the rules by holding house parties.
The Executive has said that education must continue as pupils and students suffered during the height of lockdown but there is still the possibility that a student lockdown could be imposed.Job losses
The news that two of Belfast's most popular pubs are shutting their doors and putting 100 jobs at risk will surely have hit home with the Executive when considering further lockdown measures. Commercial Court Inns, which operates the Duke of York and the Harp Bar, said both establishments would close for the "foreseeable future".
Finance Minister Conor Murphy said Stormont does not have enough money to absorb the economic cost of another lockdown in Northern Ireland.
He believes the onus is on the Treasury to provide additional financial support, but with further restrictions coming into place in England, the Executive could find that adequate funds may not be made available.
As the PSNI remains focused on cracking down on the number of house parties across the province, the Executive could be considering closing off-licences to stop people bringing alcohol into their homes.
Chief Constable Simon Byrne told the Policing Board last week that officers have been focusing on policing house parties to stop the spread of Covid-19.
If the Executive did decide to close off-licences, business owners would demand that the sale of alcohol should also be stopped in large supermarkets.Spectators at sporting events
The GAA took the drastic action of suspending all club games across Ireland on Monday after a number of incidents where spectators had failed to keep socially distant.
With the Irish League season due to kick-off on October 17, and Ulster Rugby allowing 600 fans into the Kingspan Stadium last Friday, the Executive will surely be considering the safety of fans at sporting fixtures.
The pressure will be on to make the right call as many sports clubs across Northern Ireland are dependent on fans paying their money at the turnstiles.
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