23/04/2021

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.

All non-essential retail has been given the go-ahead to open from next Friday, 30 April, and outdoor hospitality businesses. Curfews for takeaways and off-licences will also be lifted.

More restrictions will also be lifted on 24 May, however these are subject to review.
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First Minister Arlene Foster said: "Thanks to the efforts of people across Northern Ireland, we are now ready to mark another steady but important step forward on our road to recovery.

"Our focus as we move out of restrictions has been on young people, families, wellbeing, and restarting our economy. The relaxations that are now coming into effect, and those that will follow before the end of the month, will make an enormous difference to the wellbeing of people and our economic recovery.

"I am grateful and proud to see the impressive levels of innovation and energy from businesses and organisations, across all sectors, to ensure a safe and smooth re-opening of services and activities. We must all continue to do our bit to stop the spread of Covid-19 to enable us to keep moving forward."




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