A mandatory home quarantine regime for all travellers arriving from overseas, including international passengers arriving via Northern Ireland, has come into force in order to mitigate risks posed by variants of concern.
The operationalisation of designated quarantine facilities is being advanced on a cross-departmental basis as a matter of priority, including the drafting of primary legislation to provide for these facilities.
My Department is leading a group from across government and agencies to progress policy and legislation and the operational requirements for designated quarantine facilities.
This work is supported by officials from across a number of Departments including Foreign Affairs, Transport, Justice, Public Expenditure and Reform, as well as Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth. This group is working urgently to establish the scope of services required to put these facilities in place, including the necessary procurement and legislative basis.