From Arlene Foster MLA <[email protected]>
Subject DUP COVID News - 12th June
Date June 12, 2020 6:20 PM
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DUP Update - 12th June 2020
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** NI retail open for business again
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First Minister Arlene Foster speaking at Kids and Bibs nursery in Moygashel.
On Monday the First Minister Arlene Foster MLA was able to announce that retail outlets across Northern Ireland could open from this morning. Yesterday it was confirmed that this could also include indoor shopping centres, meaning that there is now no exclusion on any retail outlet operating in Northern Ireland.

It was also announced on Monday that a working group would be established to work towards the re-opening of churches and as the economy re-starts, the importance of childcare was also discussed this week.

During yesterday's media briefing, the First Minister also confirmed that the Executive would be meeting early next week to look at further possible relaxations:

🏨 - The Economy Minister will bring a paper on the potential for opening hotels and caravan parks more quickly than the original 20th July date.

✂️ - The re-opening of hairdressers will be discussed

** Updates from this week


** Economy Minister Diane Dodds
* Addressed the Assembly on job losses at Thompson Aero Seating ([link removed]) as a result of the industry downturn caused by COVID-19.

* Reminded eligible businesses to apply for the Microbusiness Hardship Fund ([link removed]) before it closes today.

* Held discussions with the retail sector ([link removed]) in advance of business re-opening.

* Outlined her vision for rebuilding ([link removed]) the Northern Ireland economy.

* Announced £1.7million ([link removed]) to support online learning for people impacted by COVID-19.

* Continued to lobby on behalf of the hospitality sector, including highlighting the impact a reduction to 1 metre social distancing would have.

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Economy Minister Diane Dodds interviewed on BBC Radio Ulster

** Education Minister Peter Weir
* Continued to discuss the re-opening of schools with teachers and schools across Northern Ireland.
Schools visited included the
Boys Model ([link removed]) in Belfast, Model Primary School ([link removed]) Enniskillen, St Joseph's ([link removed]) Crossmaglen and St Paul's Bessbrook.

* Confirmed funding for the Bookstart programme ([link removed]) which will help parents impacted by COVID-19.

** DAERA Minister Edwin Poots
* Responded to an Assembly debate ([link removed]) on support for the beef & sheep sectors in Northern Ireland. .

* Announced the re-opening ([link removed]) of public conveniences at forest/country parks and allowing food vans to operate at these locations.

* Took part in the first DUP online Rural Roadshow with Carla Lockhart MP, Economy Minister Diane Dodds and William Irwin MLA.
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DAERA Minister Edwin Poots addresses the Assembly.

** MPs
* Gregory Campbell wrote to the Health Minister seeking an update on investigations into the crowded Aer Lingus flight ([link removed]) on 4th May.

* Gavin Robinson called for the UK government to support the aerospace industry ([link removed]) following the announcement of job losses at Bombardier.

* Gregory Campbell called on people to shop local ([link removed]) . ([link removed])

** MLAs
* Paul Givan challenged the Justice Minister ([link removed]) over the policing of protests in Belfast City Centre which breached COVID-19 regulations. .

* Pam Cameron welcomed the publication of a strategic framework ([link removed]) for rebuilding health and social care in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

* Paul Frew has continued to demand full transparency ([link removed]) from the Finance Minister in relation to the failed PPE order from China.

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