Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Advice for people with diabetes and their families

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Northern Ireland updates on Covid-19 information for people with diabetes

Updated 22 September. This page is specifically about guidance for people affected by diabetes in Northern Ireland. We'll continue to share relevant information provided by the NI Executive.

We have more information and advice about how coronavirus (Covid-19) can affect people living with diabetes, including what to do if you become unwell and what self-isolating and shielding mean. This is being updated regularly with new information as it becomes available. 

Updates from the NI Executive

People are strongly advised to keep a 2m social distance when and where possible.

Shielding advice in Northern Ireland has been paused as of 31 July. Those who were told to self-isolate are no longer being advised to shield. However, the Executive strongly recommends they should take extra care when out and about and to strictly maintain social distancing and to wear face coverings if possible.

Northern Ireland is also the first part of the UK to develop a downloadable contact tracing app. You can find out more information and get details on how to download the app on the NI Direct website. 

Current guidelines:

  • From 22 September, due to a recent rise in coronavirus cases in Northern Ireland, people are no longer allowed to visit others indoors, with the exception of those in single-household 'social bubbles', those with caring responsibilities such as childcare, legal or medical visits, and essential maintenance
  • No more than six people from two households are permitted to gather in a private garden. This does not apply to children under 12
  • The wearing of face coverings in enclosed places where social distancing is not possible (such as shops), as well as on public transport, is mandatory. There are exemptions for those with medical conditions and it does not apply to children under the age of 13. Read more information on face coverings.
  • There is no limit as to how far people can travel for a walk or exercise. However, people are urged to be responsible and avoid travelling to places where large numbers of people will be gathered and where it will be difficult to maintain social distancing, like beaches and country parks.
  • If people must travel to Great Britain or the Republic of Ireland, they must adhere to the restrictions in those jurisdictions.

The Northern Ireland Executive’s approach to decision making can be read in in full or in summary on the Northern Ireland Executive website.

Guidelines in full, along with the latest advice and information regarding Covid-19 can be found on the NI Direct website.

Updates can also be found on the Executive’s Twitter page (@niexecutive) and the Department of Health’s Twitter page (@healthdpt).


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