Northern Ireland eases out of lockdown with indoor hospitality return


Northern Ireland eases further out of lockdown: Pubs and restaurants welcome back customers indoors from today and people are allowed to meet inside homes

  • Northern Ireland is the last part of UK to remove curbs on indoor hospitality
  • Six people in up to two households can meet in private home and stay overnight
  • Museums, galleries and cinemas among the businesses allowed to reopen
  • NI Executive will meet on June 10 to decide on final restriction easing on June 21

Northern Ireland is taking further steps out of lockdown today as a wide range of restrictions are removed.

Indoor hospitality can resume while people will be able to meet inside private homes for the first time this year.

Six people from no more than two households will be able to meet in a private dwelling and stay overnight.

All tourism accommodation will also be able to reopen on May 24.

Northern Ireland is taking further steps out of lockdown today as a wide range of restrictions are removed

A limit on the size of outdoor gatherings will increase to 500 – a number that will also apply to the number of spectators able to attend sporting fixtures.

Indoor group exercise is allowed again, enabling indoor sports teams to resume training.

Indoor visitor and cultural attractions can also reopen from Monday, which includes museums, galleries, cinemas, indoor play areas, bowling alleys, amusement arcades, bingo halls and libraries.

Under relaxations agreed at Thursday's Executive meeting, Stormont's Stay Local message is also to be removed

Under relaxations agreed at Thursday’s Executive meeting, Stormont’s Stay Local message is also to be removed

In regard to indoor hospitality, people can sit at tables of six people with no limit on households. It will be table service only.

Post-wedding and civil partnership receptions can also take place.

There will be no limit on the numbers at the top table, with a limit of 10 for other tables. Dancing will be restricted to a couple’s first dance.

Under relaxations agreed at Thursday’s Executive meeting, Stormont’s Stay Local message is also to be removed.

Schools can resume extra-curricular activities, indoor extra-curricular sports, outdoor inter-school sports and day educational visits.

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