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Official Report: Minutes of Evidence

Committee for Health, meeting on Thursday, 14 January 2021


Members present for all or part of the proceedings:

Mrs Pam Cameron (Deputy Chairperson)
Ms Paula Bradshaw
Mr Jonathan Buckley
Mr Gerry Carroll
Mr Alan Chambers
Ms Órlaithí Flynn
Ms Cara Hunter
Mr Pat Sheehan


Witnesses:

Ms Elaine Colgan, Department of Health
Ms Gillian Hynes, Department of Health



Health Protection (Coronavirus, International Travel) (Amendment No. 25) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020

The Acting Chairperson (Ms Bradshaw): I am conscious that the next SR also relates to this. I remind members that SR 2020/326 seeks to amend the self-isolation period from 14 days to 10 days, adds additional exemptions for certain workers and elite sportspersons, gives effect to the enforcement of fixed penalty notices, adds Botswana and Saudi Arabia to the list of countries and territories in respect of which travellers are exempt from the requirement to self-isolate for 10 days after arrival in Northern Ireland and removes the Canary Islands from that list.

Members, do you have any other issues that you wish to raise in connection this statutory rule?

I will bring the Clerk in. If we defer the first SR, are we required to defer the second SR?

The Committee Clerk: It is not required but there would be a logical reason to do so.

Ms Bradshaw: Are members prepared to defer until next week the decision on this SR as well, pending that additional information and advice from the Chief Scientific Adviser?

Members indicated assent.

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