An emergency assembly of ministers was known as on Monday night time to debate proposals, which Sinn Féin and the SDLP supported however the DUP, Ulster Unionists and Alliance voted towards.
Stormont ministers are to situation steering advising towards non-essential journey between Northern Eire and each Nice Britain and the Irish Republic after the bid for an outright ban on journey was voted down.
The assembly was convened at quick discover after well being minister Robin Swann circulated a paper responding to the emergence of the Covid-19 variant during which he really useful issuing steering towards all however important journey reasonably than continuing to a right away ban.
Coronavirus in numbers: UK demise toll at 67,616
After the transfer was rejected, ministers then agreed Mr Swann’s suggestions with out the necessity for a proper vote.
The paper tabled by the well being minister additionally known as for additional preparatory work to look at authorized points across the introduction of any journey ban.
He drew up the proposals following session with Northern Eire’s lawyer normal on the problem of journey restrictions.
After the assembly, Mr Swann tweeted: “Happy that Exec has agreed my paper tonight, together with fast steering towards all however important journey between NI and GB/RoI, with all new arrivals right here requested to self-isolate for 10 days.
“Extra work wanted on choice of authorized journey ban, each legally and logistically – important provides to NI and important journey should be protected.”
Forward of the manager convening, Sinn Fein finance minister Conor Murphy wrote to Mr Swann expressing “dismay and astonishment” that he was not shifting instantly to instigate a ban on journey between Northern Eire and Nice Britain.
Mr Murphy known as on Mr Swann to rethink the place he had set out in his paper.
Ministers have been debating the potential for amending the 1967 Public Well being Act to introduce short-term journey restrictions.
Whereas Sinn Fein helps the transfer, the DUP insists that UK inside journey is already prohibited from Tier 4 areas in England, so there is no such thing as a want for added Stormont laws to implement that.
Earlier on Monday, DUP First Minister Arlene Foster warned of significant ramifications if a journey ban was launched.
Mrs Foster mentioned the brand new pressure of coronavirus has most likely already arrived and warned that offer chains may very well be endangered by proscribing journey.
“It’s a very simplistic factor to say, ‘let’s shut Northern Eire off’,” she mentioned.
“That has ramifications and as First Minister I’ve to take all these under consideration as effectively.
“I’ve all the time tried to be proportionate and balanced in the whole lot that I’ve carried out by way of this disaster, and I’m going to proceed to do this.”
On Monday night, Sinn Fein deputy first minister Michelle O’Neill tweeted: “We face a really grave state of affairs.
“There isn’t a time to unfastened (sic) in agreeing a journey ban from Britain. Belfast and Dublin should act collectively to maintain everybody on this island protected.”
Her celebration chief Mary Lou McDonald tweeted an similar message.