From Arlene Foster MLA <[email protected]>
Subject DUP COVID-19 News Update - 15th May
Date May 15, 2020 6:07 PM
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DUP Update - 15th May 2020
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** 5-Step Roadmap to Recovery published
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First Minister Arlene Foster announces the Executive's roadmap to recovery in the Assembly on Tuesday.
This week the Executive agreed a 5-step 'Roadmap to Recovery' listing relaxations in the COVID-19 regulations as conditions allow progress towards normality.
Read the 'roadmap' document here ([link removed])

** First Minister announces first steps towards recovery
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First Minister Arlene Foster announcing the relaxation of some restrictions which will take effect on Monday.
Party Leader and First Minister Arlene Foster announced on Thursday that the scientific and medical advice has allowed Ministers to allow some small relaxation of the COVID-19 regulations.

** From Monday:
* Garden Centres will be allowed to open provided social distancing is maintained

* Household Recycling Centres can operate and will be added to the list of what constitutes an appropriate reason for travel.

* Marriage ceremonies can take place for those where one of the party or a close family member has a terminal illness diagnosis.

** Also this week


** DAERA Minister Edwin Poots
* Confirmed the re-opening of the public angling estate ([link removed]) from Monday 18th May.

* Called on the public to support food retailers and take-away ([link removed]) food outlets which help boost our agri-food sector.

* Welcomed the re-opening of garden centres and houshold recycling ([link removed]) facilities, both of which come under the responsibility of his Department.

** Economy Minister Diane Dodds
Addressed the daily NI Executive Media Briefing on Friday where she:
* Stressed that safety in the workplace was non-negotiable. Employers must provide a safe and proper environment for people to work in.

* Reminded businsses that applications for bot the £10,000 and £25,000 grant schemes close ([link removed]) on Wednesday 20th May

* Confirmed that the £25,000 grant scheme is open to businesses that occupy rental properties. ([link removed])

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Economy Minister Diane Dodds addressing Friday's NI Executive Media Briefing.

** Education Minister Peter Weir
* Visited Pond Park Primary School in Lisburn alongside First Minister Arlene Foster to thank those involved in providing childcare for key workers.

* Confirmed that a £12million package ([link removed]) of measures to support the childcare sector is now open to eligible childcare providers.

Education Minister Peter Weir, with First Minister Arlene Foster and Lagan Valley MLA Paul Givan at Pond Park Primary School in Lisburn.

** Westminster
* Sammy Wilson MP and Gavin Robinson MP welcomed the announcement from the Chancellor that the Job Retention 'furlough' Scheme ([link removed]) has been extended until October.
Ian Paisley MP had previously warned against a
cliff-edge ([link removed]) end to the scheme.

* Jim Shannon MP raised the impact of the 14-day quarantine ([link removed]) on aviation, business and tourism.

* Carla Lockhart MP called for more certainty for the self-employed ([link removed]) .
Carla also highlighted the
importance of our local farmers ([link removed]) whilst speaking during the debate on the Agriculture Bill this week.

* Jeffrey Donaldson MP sought reassurance on the use of a Northern Irish driving licence as proof of identification ([link removed]) for the self-employed income support scheme.

* Gregory Campbell MP highlighted the scale of economic assistance provided to Northern Ireland from HM Treasury, with over £300 million per month ([link removed]) being paid to local workers through the Job Retention Scheme.
Gregory Campbell also called on the Department of Health in Northern Ireland to produce a clear plan for
care homes ([link removed]) in Northern Ireland.

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