The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Amendment) Regulations – Tuesday 19 May 2020

Junior Minister Declan Kearney moves the motion to amend the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020.

The Amendment changes Regulation 4 to remove the requirement to close burial grounds to members of the public. Regulation 4A is inserted to impose a duty on a person who is responsible for a burial ground to take all reasonable measures to ensure that a distance of at least two members is maintained between every person at the burial ground, except between members of the same household.

Regulation 5 is amended to include the need to visit a burial ground to pay respects to a member of the person’s household, family member or friend as a reasonable excuse for a person to leave the place where they are living. Regulation 5 is also amended to clarify the circumstances in which a person may leave the place where they are living to take exercise. Members discuss the changes before Junior Minister Gordon Lyons winds the debate.