Northern Ireland to impose two week "circuit breaker" lockdown from next week
Hairdressers and others can reopen as planned this Friday.
Northern Ireland is set to impose a two-week period of tighter Covid-19 lockdown restrictions from Friday, 27 November.
It's understood the plan was agreed by the Northern Ireland executive following a lengthy meeting on Thursday evening.
While official confirmation is expected soon, it's believed non-essential retail, which was allowed to remain open during the current restrictions will be forced to close.
Interestingly, Northern Ireland is set to allow cafes, restaurants and hairdressers to reopen tomorrow and will close them again a week later.
Hospitality will only be permitted to offer takeaway services.
All gyms and swimming pools are to close and sporting events may only continue at elite level and behind closed doors.
Places of worship are set to close with exceptions for weddings, civil partnerships and funerals, all with a maximum attendance of 25.