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For general heath advice relating to COVID-19, please visit the Public Health Agency's website. Key information is also available in Sign Language on this PHA page.
Other DfC Services
Community Response Plan
The Department has produced a COVID-19 Community Response Plan which summarises the range of actions being taken forward by the Department and its partners to enable the community response on the ground to COVID-19.
The Department for Communities continues to support employers who urgently require staff to keep vital services operating. The free Employers Online NI job service enables employers to register and advertise their vacancies on the same day.
Gaeltacht Bursary Scheme
Due to the cancellation of this year’s Gaeltacht Summer Courses, the 2020 Líofa Gaeltacht Bursary scheme will be rolled over into 2021. Find out more on www.liofa.eu.
Historic Environment & Love Heritage NI
Historic places to visit
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Carrickfergus Castle remains closed to the public until further notice and all events at State Care Monuments are cancelled. However most outdoor spaces at State Care Monuments have re-opened to the public.
And only a small number of sites will remain closed to the public for safety reasons. To find out more, go to: https://www.communities-ni.gov.uk/articles/historic-places-visit
Culture and Heritage destinations venues guidance for a phased return
A guide has been designed to support organisations in the culture and heritage sector take appropriate measures to ensure the safety of everyone during the phased reopening. This guidance is aimed at culture and heritage venues which are open to the public. These include museums, art galleries, libraries, archives, historic buildings, historic gardens, historic monuments, cinemas, concert halls, art centres and theatres.
The Department continues to operate its job vacancy website, JobCentre Online, providing available vacancies on a daily basis to support individuals who may have lost their job or who are temporarily out of work as a consequence of COVID-19.
Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI)
In light of the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland will be closed to until further notice. Staff are no longer working from the PRONI building and will be unable to respond to any written enquiries or operate a fee-paying search and copying service until further notice.
A range of digitised records, databases and other resources are also available online at www.nidirect.gov.uk/proni.
The Appeals Service (TAS)
The President of Appeals Tribunals in consultation with the Appeals Service (TAS) has suspended all oral hearing with immediate effect until further notice. Anyone who has received notice of a scheduled hearing will be contacted by TAS by telephone and/or letter.
The Safe Phased Return of Sport, Leisure and Recreation in Northern Ireland
The Department has released guidance providing advice on the safe phased return of sport, leisure and recreation in Northern Ireland.
The guidance includes links to further detailed information and sources of advice and assistance including from Sport NI and Sport Governing Bodies. It also includes links to information on re-opening sports facilities and making workplaces safer