Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon has put in place revised travel restrictions for the Rathlin Ferry to support the Rathlin Island community during the COVID19 recovery period.
From Sunday, the ferry operator will provide for essential travel only in line with the Health Protection Coronavirus Regulations and subsequent amendments. At this stage, tourists are not permitted to travel to the island on the ferry under any circumstances.
Minister Mallon said: “The decision to maintain restrictions on the ferry is not one which I have taken lightly, but one that I am taking with the health and well-being of the islanders in mind and in consultation with them.
“I know that in normal circumstances Rathlin Island would be a major tourist attraction at this time of year, however it is vitally important that for now tourists do not visit the island.
“We are now in an extraordinary time and we must continue to listen to the advice and guidance given on essential travel, social distancing and helping shield those who may be most vulnerable to the virus. The advice is clear, we all must do it to get through it. I know this is an incredibly difficult time, but we must each play our part in keeping ourselves and others safe, and continuing to slow the transmission of COVID-19.”