Schools and pubs to close in Northern Ireland as region set for four weeks of Covid-19 restrictions

Northern Ireland is set for a period of intensified Covid-19 restrictions after executive ministers agreed to closures of schools, pubs and restaurants.

It is understood that pubs and restaurants will close for four weeks, with the exception of takeaways, while schools will close for two, one of which will cover the half-term Halloween break.

The restrictions were agreed after a meeting of the Stormont executive that extended past midnight and into the early morning. 

A formal announcement is expected to be made during a special sitting of the Assembly in Belfast later today.