Lockdown restrictions in Northern Ireland: Executive “to discuss reopening outdoor bars, hairdressers and gyms”

Lockdown restrictions in Northern Ireland: Executive

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The executive will meet on Thursday to consider reopening gyms and allowing alcohol service outside, it was reported.
A review date of April 15 has been set with the release of the coronavirus roadmap for recovery and, although the card does not come with any dates or criteria, it is hoped that the executive will give dates this week. .

It is believed that the Minister of the Economy Diane Dodds will strongly advocate the reopening of certain components of the hospitality and leisure sectors from April 26.

Hairdressers and all non-essential retailers would also reopen on that date, if the agreements are honored.

Retail roadmap
(Image: DoH)

An executive source said there is a “compelling case for moving to phase three,” reports Sunday Life.

They added: “Throughout the pandemic we have been old as we will be led by science and data. Well, the data shows infection rates are dropping, death rates at six-month low and huge vaccine uptake.

“It makes no sense not to move on to phase three, especially as reopening recreation facilities and youth services could help avoid the unrest we have witnessed over the past week. . “

The following changes to the restrictions will take effect tomorrow, April 12:

  • Allow all students to return to school;
  • Increase the number of people who can meet outside in a garden, from six to 10 (including children) from two households;
  • Remove the “stay at home” provision in legislation, move to a “stay local” and “work from home” message;
  • To enable contactless “click and collect” for all non-essential businesses; and
The sports and leisure roadmap
  • Allow the resumption of outdoor sports training by sports clubs affiliated with recognized sports governing bodies, in small groups of no more than 15 people but with all indoor spaces closed except essential toilets.
  • Allow potential wedding and civil partnership clients to view facilities at venues used for weddings and civil partnerships, such as hotels and other venues, limited to a maximum of four clients per visit.
  • To reopen foreign trade, which includes:
  1. New and used car retailers;
  2. Retailers of light motor vehicles, trucks and trailers;
  3. Caravan or motorhome retailers;
  4. Retailers of large agricultural or other machinery;
  5. Garden centers, plant nurseries; and
  6. Car washes.
  • Extend the provision for a maximum of 15 people (including coaches), as previously agreed, to also include structured outdoor sports training organized by clubs / individuals affiliated with recognized sport governing bodies or representative sport organizations and physical activity.
  • Increase the number of people allowed to attend weddings, civil partnerships and funerals, informed by a risk assessment for the venue.

The Department of Health on Saturday praised Northern Ireland’s vaccination program as it hit the million mark.

Minister Swann said it was “without a doubt another milestone to be hailed” in Northern Ireland’s fight against Covid-19.

“Vaccination saves many lives in Northern Ireland,” added Robin Swann.

“It also protects many others from serious illness and reduces the strain on our health and social care services.

“Let’s not forget how dire the situation was at the start of the year, with the vaccination program in its infancy and COVID infection levels increasing alarmingly.

“We are in a much better position today, thanks to AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines and public support for public health measures. As we gradually come out of lockdown, we should be very grateful for the role the immunization program has played in getting us to this point. .

“More than 800,000 people have received a first dose. However, we still have work to do. I urge anyone who is eligible for a vaccine to receive their vaccine as soon as possible.

“I can’t wait to receive my second dose of AstraZeneca, and the protection it will give me, when my turn comes. “

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