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PSNI unable to order people to return home if found walking streets after 8pm curfew

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'Covid is religiously indiscriminate. It decimates lives wherever it lands.'  Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

'Covid is religiously indiscriminate. It decimates lives wherever it lands.' Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

'Covid is religiously indiscriminate. It decimates lives wherever it lands.' Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

Police will not be able to order a person to immediately return home if they are simply walking the streets alone or with someone from their own household under a new regulation published late on Christmas Eve.

The announcement of a “curfew” caused confusion among some after Health Minister Robin Swann said the PSNI would be given additional powers to force people to stay at home.

But the provision on the “power to direct persons home” is limited to those who are “engaged in, or intending to engage in” prohibited activity – is mixing with other households either outside or inside the home.


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