The axe has fallen on outdoor gatherings of more than 30 people and families and friends gathering together in their homes.
After warning that further restrictions were on their way, Health Minister Robin Swann has now announced a number of measures are to be put in place to restrict the spread of Covid-19.
He was, of course, challenged by the media for the move but it was clear from his language and tone that Mr Swann is up for a fight.
Much has been made about the low numbers of people with Covid-19 who are currently in hospital, about the fact that no-one with the virus is critically ill in intensive care.
When this very point was put to Mr Swann, he shot back: “The reason we have nobody in ICU at this minute in time is because the last patient we had in ICU passed away.
“He didn’t get up and recover and walk out, so let’s not use these stats without forgetting that there’s people and families behind it.
“Are we overreacting? I want to be in a place where we don’t have to go to another family and tell them they have lost a loved one to Covid-19.
“So, am I overreacting? No. I want to make sure the people of Northern Ireland are supported and protected.”
But will Mr Swann’s sombre speech be enough to convince those who are fighting against the notion that Covid-19 poses a serious risk to the health of Northern Ireland?
While he warned against relying too heavily on statistics, the Department of Health dashboard, published just before Mr Swann announced the restrictions, has reinforced the official message that the figures are going in the wrong direction.
There were 51 new cases diagnosed over the previous 24-hour period, up from 34 the day before.
The number of hospital inpatients with Covid-19 and care home outbreaks are also creeping up.
On Sunday, there were two people in hospital with Covid-19 and four active Covid-19 outbreaks in care homes across Northern Ireland.
By Thursday afternoon, there were 10 confirmed Covid-19 inpatients and eight active Covid-19 care home outbreaks.
So, it’s clear the number of people becoming sick enough with Covid-19 to warrant hospital treatment is rising, albeit it slowly.
At the same time, the virus appears to be clawing its way back into care homes.
And that is the key to the fact that action is being taken now – Mr Swann wants to suppress the virus before it gets out of control.
But are the measures being put in the place the correct measures?
How can it be safe for scores of children to spend hours together in a classroom, but it isn’t okay for seven people to meet in a house?
Why is it deemed okay for friends to enjoy a meal out but not visit their loved ones in their own home?
Mr Swann and the chief medical officer, Dr Michael McBride, have argued that safeguards have been put in place by the education and hospitality sectors to mitigate against the risks of dining out and pupils returning to school.
They said that measures such as social distancing are more likely to be adhered to in schools and restaurants than in the privacy of a domestic setting.
Whether he has done enough to convince the public remains to be seen.