Both the administrations of Northern Ireland and Wales have announced stricter Coronavirus measures. In Northern Ireland, a six-week ‘lockdown’ starting on December 26th will see the closure of all non-essential shops and businesses, with the ‘Stay at Home’ message re-introduced for the first week of restrictions. In Wales, non-essential shops will cease trading at the close of business on Christmas Eve and will not reopen for at least three weeks. Wales will enter its ‘Tier 4’ restrictions on Monday, 28th December with measures being reviewed every three weeks. It is, therefore, with sadness we conclude that open-airs will cease in Northern Ireland and Wales after Christmas Eve.
So far, no further restrictions have been announced for England and so open-airs here may continue (subject to our current measures in place for safe working). Please see previous communications regarding this.
Scotland’s regions that were subject to ‘Tier 4’ restrictions were downgraded on Friday, 11th December which gave the ‘green light’ for open-airs to resume north of the border. While Scottish regions remain at ‘Tier 3’ or below, open-airs may continue.
As the Governments of the United Kingdom alter restrictions in their response to COVID-19, we, as a Mission, will monitor the developing situation and take appropriate action where necessary.
In this advent season, please pray that precious open-air opportunities may be used of the Lord to introduce many to the Saviour, who is Christ Jesus the Lord.
18th December 2020