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Owen Reidy

Whatever strategy Stormont Executive takes, the economically vulnerable will need to be protected lockdown

Owen Reidy


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An empty Royal Avenue in Belfast city centre during lockdown

An empty Royal Avenue in Belfast city centre during lockdown

An empty Royal Avenue in Belfast city centre during lockdown

The Executive has some big decisions to take early this week. I believe they need to listen very clearly to the health advice given to them by the public health experts in recent days and to make an informed decision which they all support as a united Executive.

Lockdowns and enhanced restrictions can be very crude and blunt instruments which also have some severe unintended consequences, particularly on the most vulnerable and lowest paid in our society. In reality a lockdown is a failure of policy, a last resort. It is a measure that is taken when all else fails (and only should be).

But Northern Ireland is not in a lockdown. The current restrictions are different and not as severe as March/April this year. It also seems that a lockdown is not being considered but instead a continuation of the current restrictions for a time, or some additional restrictions.


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