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Caffe Nero in Belfast

Caffe Nero in Belfast

Views: Professor Helen Dolk, a professor of epidemiology

Views: Professor Helen Dolk, a professor of epidemiology

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Caffe Nero in Belfast

The Executive Office has refused to rule out the reopening of coffee shops before all pupils have returned to school - despite its pledge that children are the priority as Northern Ireland moves out of lockdown.

Last week, the Executive published its five-stage lockdown exit strategy, which reveals that a full return to classroom teaching for schools is scheduled to happen by the end of step three, known as the Gradual Easing phase.


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