Robin Swann has urged Northern Ireland football fans to “stay safe” and maintain social distance ahead of a major sporting weekend weekend.
On Saturday lunchtime, the Rangers will finally get their hands on the long-awaited Scottish Premier League title when they pick up the trophy at home in Aberdeen in their last game of the season at 12.30pm.
On that occasion, many of the club’s loyal supporters in Northern Ireland are likely to watch the game. The Minister of Health urges fans not to gather in households and larger outdoor gatherings.
Football fans are also likely to see the FA Cup Final at Wembley on Saturday at 5:15 p.m.
The Show Piece Final between Chelsea and Leicester City will be extra special because of the 21,000 spectators who will be welcomed to Wembley Stadium in London to watch the teams.
Robin Swann spoke ahead of what is expected to be a major sports weekend and cautioned the people of Northern Ireland.
“I am very aware of how important football is to a lot of people, not least in the last few months when the Covid-19 restrictions restricted so much of our lives,” he said.
“There may be a temptation to get together for these big games – both by mixing indoor households and in larger outdoor gatherings.
“I urge people to continue to adhere to public health recommendations and COVID-19 restrictions. This is how we protect ourselves and others.
“Northern Ireland has made real strides against the virus, but the threat is still very great. It still makes people very sick and still takes life.
“Please stay safe and maintain social distance.”