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Challenging the NI Covid19 Lockdown Restrictions.

Posted on: 26 October 2020

The NI Executive introduced restrictions on 16 October 2020 forcing the closure of the Close Contact industry for a period of 4 weeks. We have been instructed by 3 clients to seek Judicial Review on this action. We consider this a disproportionate restriction to the industry and has been carried out in an illogical fashion.

What is a Close Contact Businesses?

Hairdressers, Barbers, Tanning Salons, Nail Bars, Tattoo Parlours, Make-up Parlours, Spa & Massage Centres, Health & Holistic Centres, Dress Fitters, Tailors, Fashion Designers.

Our clients represent a cross section of the Close Contact industry, with the aim to address the disproportionate actions being taken against their industry sector. Documents released from Stormont appear to indicate the effect of shutting down this particular industry would only have a minimal impact on the all important ‘R’ rate, and other non-essential sectors remain open with either a comparative or higher risk evaluation.

Our clients are 3 industry representatives – Naomi, Jason and Michelle, highlighting the unfairness of these recent lockdown restrictions.

We need to ensure that in the event of any further lockdown or restrictive measures, the Close Contact industry is not treated unfairly again.

“My family run business is an award winning, boutique salon nestled in the heart of Newtownards. We have combined experience in excess of 40 years.” Naomi Holmans, Roamer Health & Holistic Clinic. 

“My business has been built up over 23 years, comprising of 4 Salons across the Greater Belfast and Holywood areas.” – Jason Shankey, Shankey Salons.

“I have been in the hairdressing business for 10 years, our Salon in Bangor has been a huge success due to the passion and dedication of our team of 13 staff.” – Michelle Young, DKY Hair Company.

What action are we taking?  

We are challenging the decision of the Executive and Department of Health in the High Court, Belfast by Judicial Review.

This Judge led process allows for careful scrutiny to be applied to the proportionality of the decision, which has resulted in the Close Contact industry being selected for a 4 week lockdown.

Papers have been issued to the Court, and the application seeking leave will be on Thursday 29th October 2020.

If successful, this legal action could benefit the entire Close Contact industry across Northern Ireland.

Want to show your support?

Our clients are crowdfunding via CrowdJustice to raise funds for their legal campaign. You can show your support by pledging as little as £10, check out their campaign page here.


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