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Fears extended lockdown will finish off many small retailers

Sector claims restrictions unfair, while police union wants officers to be bumped up jabs list

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A public information sign on an empty street in Belfast (Liam McBurney/PA)

A public information sign on an empty street in Belfast (Liam McBurney/PA)

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First Minister Arlene Foster

First Minister Arlene Foster

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A public information sign on an empty street in Belfast (Liam McBurney/PA)

The extension of the lockdown until March 5 - and possibly beyond - will mean many independent businesses will be unable to survive, a retail chief has said. 

It follows a meeting of the Executive on Thursday in which the proposal from Health Minister Robin Swann was backed. It will be reviewed on February 18.

It prompted Police Federation chair Mark Lindsay to call for PSNI officers to be treated as a priority group for vaccination as they put their health at risk in what will be the longest lockdown yet.


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