2020

You should carefully consider your holiday and travel options, in light of the continuing COVID-19 threat. A ‘staycation’ is one way of mitigating the risks – while also supporting the local economy. If you’re holidaying abroad, you may have to self-isolate for a period of 14 days on your return home – depending on which […]

Due to the July holidays, refuse collections will take place one day later than your normal collection day. Please make sure your bin/box is out for collection by 7:00am. Household Recycling Centres closed Mon 13 & Tues 14 July 2020. http://ardsandnorthdown.gov.uk/HRCupdates

Face Coverings On Public Transport From 10 July 2020 it’s the law that passengers and staff on public transport in Northern Ireland must wear a face covering: – on bus, coach and train services– in public transport stations– in indoor areas of a ferry and outdoor areas where you can’t keep two metres social distance This law […]

Since 11 June you can meet up to nine other people outdoors who are not from your household but you should maintain social distancing by being at least 2 metres apart. Social distancing is essential to prevent further waves of the epidemic. You should avoid visiting places such as seaside resorts and popular beauty spots […]

If you need advice on issues such as benefit entitlement, employment issues, debt or Covid-19 related issues or completing forms, then help is available from the following:- Portaferry and Ards Peninsula Community Advice Ards and North DownTel: 0300 123 9287Email: advice@caand.co.uk Strangford, Downpatrick, Killyleagh, Ardglass Community Advice Newry Mourne and DownTel: 0300 30 30 306Email: […]

The National Trust has started to open some gardens and parklands across England and Northern Ireland through advanced booking including more than 200 coast and countryside car parks. All houses remain closed for now. We’re following government advice closely and will reopen more places as soon as we can. We’ve introduced advanced booking at some places to […]

Coronavirus (COVID-19): travel adviceYou should not travel abroad unless it’s essential. If you plan to travel in the weeks and months ahead, keep up-to-date with the latest advice for the country you plan travelling to. There is guidance for Northern Ireland residents who are either travelling overseas or returning to NI from abroad. New rules […]

Although lockdown restrictions are starting to be eased the following must be obeyed at all times :- Everyone must help stop coronavirus spreading.This means you need to: Stay at home as much as possible limit contact with other people keep your distance if you do go out (stay 2 metres apart) wash your hands well […]

The government is texting people across the UK to inform them of the new rules announced by the Prime Minister on 23 March 2020. This has been made possible thanks to the co-operation of mobile phone operators. The message reads: “GOV.UK CORONAVIRUS ALERT New rules in force now: you must stay at home. More info […]

PHA advice on new coronavirus guidance The Public Health Agency (PHA) is highlighting the new guidance for self-isolation following the decision to move from the containment to the delay phase for COVID-19 (coronavirus). The move from containment to delay is timely as we have now seen our first cases of community transmission in Northern Ireland […]


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