The Public Health Notifiable Disease Order (Northern Ireland) 2020

Jurisdiction: Northern Ireland

Commencement: 29th February 2020

Amends: Public Health Act (Northern Ireland) 1967

Mini Summary

Public Health Act (Northern Ireland) 1967 places duties on registered medical practitioners, any person who is a carrier of, or has, a notifiable disease, and anyone who has rented out a house, caravan, room in a hotel, inn, guest house, boarding house or other similar establishment, if it was occupied by a person with a notifiable disease.

The Act applies to Northern Ireland and its coastal waters, and to aircraft and seafaring vessels arriving in Northern Ireland.


The list of notifiable diseases and syndromes in Schedule 1 of the Regulations is amended to include the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). This places a duty on doctors to notify the Director of Public Health of any suspected cases of the virus in their patients. No notification requirements are created under RIDDOR.

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