THE owners of ‘wet’ pubs in Derry and across the North of Ireland finally been given a date on when to reopen its doors to the public.
This afternoon First Minister Arlene Foster said the Executive had agreed to allow pubs which didn’t serve food to reopen on Monday, September 21.
it is the same date given to ‘wet’ pubs in the Republic.
They had been due to reopen on September 1 but this was pushed back because of concerns about the sreaa of the Coronavirus ahead of schools reopening.
But this new date has been a long time coming for alcohol only bars.
Other licensed premises such as food serving pubs, restaurants and hotels have been open since Friday, July 3
Soft play areas will be able to reopen in the North of Ireland next Monday, September 14.
Restrictions have been imposed on households in Belfast and Ballymena to stop the spread of the virus.
On the new coronavirus limitations for some areas, deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill, said: “They are necessary and proportionate in the context of the public health crisis that is upon us.”
She warned others living outside the restricted postcodes that they were not invincible to the threat.
First Minister Arlene Foster said the spread of Covid-19 was happening in households and affecting more older people.
“It is a grave situation but we also need to ensure that our economy continues to flourish.”