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Orange Order plays waiting game

The Orange Order has said it is monitoring developments around coronavirus closely ahead of the main parading season.

However, the loyal institution stressed the Twelfth is still four months away and there are no plans to cancel any events at his stage.

The coronavirus crisis is deepening in Northern Ireland with schools forced to close, and St Patrick's Day parades have already been cancelled.

A spokesman for the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland said: "We are paying close attention to the developing situation surrounding the coronavirus (Covid-19).

"At this stage, there are no plans to cancel any events.

"The Twelfth of July is still four months away however we take our responsibilities seriously and will be guided by advice from the Department of Health when making any decisions of this nature."

Belfast Telegraph