FIRST Minister Arlene Foster has announced that all ‘wet’ pubs which don’t sell food will not reopen on Monday, August 10.
Instead, their reopening date has been pushed back to Tuesday, September 1.
The First Minister said that the priority now is to get children back to schools.
Schools will reopen again after a five month closure on Monday, August 24, on a phased return for pupils.
The mandatory wearing of face coverings in enclosed places such as shop will be enforced from Monday, August 10.
Shop workers and those with medical conditions are exempt from the new rule.
The Executive had met today to discuss advice from the Chief Medical Officer Dr Michael McBride that ‘wet’ pubs should not reopen from Monday as previously planned.
There is a concern that the Coroanvirus is spreading across the North of Ireland, with clusters of outbreaks from the virus in the community.
The ‘R’ reproduction rate is now between 0.8 and 1.8.