The Covid-19 pandemic has led to unprecedented challenges for our society leading to the implementation of significant measures by government as they have sought to contain the spread of the virus and reduce the risk of contraction to individuals.

Following an increase in the Covid-19 infection rate, on the 18th December 2020 the Northern Ireland Executive introduced a series of time-bound restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of Covid-19.

Restrictions were further tightened by the NI Executive on 8th January 2021 with the introduction of a legally enforceable ‘Stay at Home’ order meaning that people are only able to leave their home for medical or food needs, exercise and work that cannot be done from home. Following review by the NI Executive on 18th February these restrictions remain in place.

The purpose of this guidance is to provide parents/carers and those working within childcare, youth or school settings with an overview of the current position as it relates to children’s play.

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