This is part of the Stormont Executive’s roadmap out of lockdown which has been in place since Boxing Day, December 26.
The new regulations will allow:
All pupils to return to school;
The increase in the number who can meet outdoors in a garden, from six to 10 (including children) from two households;
“Stay at home’ provision will move to a ‘stay local’ and ‘work from home’ message;
Contactless ‘click and collect’ for all non-essential retail; and
Outdoor sports training to resume by sports clubs affiliated with recognised sports Governing Bodies, in small groups of up to 15 people but with all indoor spaces closed except essential toilet facilities.
Potential marriage and civil partnership customers to view the facilities of venues used for marriages and civil partnerships, such as hotels and other venues, restricted to a maximum of four customers per visit.
The reopening of outdoor retail, which comprises:
New & Used Car Retailers;
Retailers of Light Motor Vehicles, Lorries & Trailers;
Retailers of Caravans or Motorhomes;
Retailers of Agricultural or Other Large Machinery;
Garden Centres, Plant Nurseries; and
To extend the provision for up to 15 people (including coaches), as previously agreed, to also include structured outdoor sports training organised by clubs/individuals affiliated to recognised sports governing bodies or representative organisations for sport and physical activity.
To increase the number permitted to attend marriages, civil partnerships and funerals, informed by a risk assessment for the venue.
By Monday, April 26, it is now expected that non-essential retail and close-contact services such as hairdressers, barbers and beauty salons could reopen.
The proposal has been put forward in a paper to the Executive by Economy Minister Diane Dodds.
Restaurants that do not serve alcohol may also be permitted to reopen outdoors from the same date as part of relaxations to coronavirus restrictions for the hospitality industry.
Minister Dodds has proposed that some areas such as self-contained accommodation and static caravan sites could reopen in early May.
The reopening of outdoor visitor attractions is also understood to be up for discussion.
The next review date under the The Executive’s: Pathway Out Of Restrictions is this Thursday, April 15.Tags: