12/04/2021

Executive To Meet To Give Dates For Reopening Of Close Contact Services

The Northern Ireland Executive is to meet on Thursday, 15 April, to discuss the easing of the current Covid lockdown restrictions, according to reports.

The re-opening of hairdressers, non-essential retail and the hospitality and leisure industries are expected to be discussed.
News Image
First Minister Arlene Foster said: "My colleague Diane Dodds has put papers in, in relation to the lifting of restrictions in terms of close contact services, hairdressers, beauticians and for non-essential retail which of course is very important as well.

"I do hope that we will be able to give dates in relation to those issues when we next go to the Executive to look at these issues. I think what you will see coming out of the next executive [meeting] are some timelines."

Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

25 November 2020
Concerns Raised Over Sickness Absence In NI Public Sector
Public sector leaders must be empowered to address levels of sickness absence in the Northern Ireland public sector, Alliance MLA John Blair has said, following a report on attendance in central and local government.
13 May 2021
Executive To Discuss Easing NI Restrictions
The Executive is to discuss easing Coronavirus restrictions in Northern Ireland at a meeting today, 13 May. International travel and allowing the hospitality sector to reopen and whether people can hug each other again are some of the topics to be discussed.
23 April 2021
Close Contact Services Open As Lockdown Restrictions Ease
Close-contact services such as hairdressers will be able to open their doors from today, 23 April, as further lockdown restrictions are eased. Driving lessons and tests can resume and outdoor visitor attractions can also open.
19 September 2013
Pubs Of Ulster And NIIRTA Meet With Richard Haass
The Chief Executives of Pubs of Ulster and the Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association met with Dr Richard Haass and Professor Meghan O'Sullivan today.
25 November 2020
Four Men Arrested After Attempted Fraud At Banbridge Retail Park
Four men have been arrested on suspicion of a number of fraud offences. The man, three aged 19 and one 22 year old, are understood to have attempted to use what police believe may be false financial details at a retail park in Banbridge yesterday, Tuesday 24 November.