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

Updated 10 July. 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

The 2m social distancing rule was reduced to 1m in Northern Ireland from 29 June. However, people are still strongly advised to keep a 2m social distance when and where possible.

Shielding advice will be paused from 31 July. Those who were told to self-isolate will no longer be advised to shield. However, the Executive strongly recommend they should take extra care when out and about and to strictly maintain social distancing.

Current guidelines:

  • People who do not live together can meet indoors in groups of up to six. This does not apply to people who are shielding. People are still required to maintain a social distance.
  • People who have not been advised to shield can also meet up to 30 people outdoors as long as social distancing is maintained.
  • People advised to shield can go outdoors while maintaining a social distance with members of their household. If they live alone, they can meet one person from another household (preferably the same person each time)
  • A person who lives alone is permitted to visit, stay overnight and have physical contact with one other household indoors. This does not apply to those who have been advised to shield.
  • The wearing of face coverings on buses, trains and ferries is mandatory from 10 July. There are exemptions for those with medical conditions and it will not apply to children under the age of 13 or on school transport.
  • 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.

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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