04/12/2020

No Further Restrictions Before Christmas

NI's non-essential retail and some parts of the hospitality sector will be allowed to reopen again next Friday, as the current circuit breaker restrictions end at midnight on Thursday 10 December.

It follows Stormont talks on Thursday, following which Ministers said that there would not be any new restrictions before Christmas.

Minister's have agreed:

• Close-contact services such as hairdressers, beauty salons and barbers will be allowed to reopen but only by appointment and with social distancing mitigations in place
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• Social distancing within cafes and restaurants is to be set at 2m (6ft 7in)

• 'Christmas bubbles' of three households will not have a limit on the number of people contained in them

• Churches can resume more services, while weddings and funerals will have their cap of 25 people lifted - instead, a risk assessment will be carried out to determine how many people a venue can safely accommodate

• Gyms will be able to reopen for individual training but not for classes

• Indoor sport is also unlikely to be allowed to resume

However, so-called wet pubs, bars that do not serve food, will have to remain closed.

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