Executive confirms easing of Covid-19 restrictions with 1,000 spectators in Irish Cup final and reopening of indoor hospitality – fr

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Executive confirms easing of Covid-19 restrictions with 1,000 spectators in Irish Cup final and reopening of indoor hospitality – fr


Following a meeting on Thursday, the executive confirmed the spectators’ return to sporting events in Northern Ireland, with spectators allowed to attend the Irish Cup final on May 21.

The executive confirmed that the event at Mourneview Park football stadium in Lurgan will be used as a test event, with 1,000 fans able to register to attend.

According to the executive, no food or drink will be served during the match, with spectators, teams and staff required to take a Covid test before and after the match, with proof of a negative result to be provided on arrival.

The executive also confirmed – subject to ratification on May 20 – a return to domestic hospitality in Northern Ireland from May 24.

Inner hospitality should be limited to table service. The six people can come from any six households, a loosening of the previous two households. Children are not counted among the six at a table.

Masks are always expected to be needed when not seated at a table and there is still no live music or dancing allowed inside the rooms. People will also be expected to stay at their tables.

Contact tracing details will be taken and kept by the establishments, while it is not necessary to order a meal when attending a reception area inside.

The executive also confirmed the reopening of the remaining domestic tourist accommodation sector.

Post-marriage and civil partnership events will have their capacity judged after a risk assessment. There should be no restriction on who is at the top table at such events, while other tables can seat a maximum of ten. The couple at a wedding or civil partnership party will be allowed to dance, under the new guidelines.

In domestic environments, six people from a maximum of two households will be allowed to meet indoors, with overnight stays allowed.

Indoor attractions such as bingo halls, museums and cinemas will be allowed to reopen on May 24 with social distancing in place and risk assessments determining capacity.

The reopening of libraries and the resumption of extracurricular school activities will also be authorized on this date, while outdoor sport will be able to accommodate 500 spectators. Indoor sports training will also be authorized.

The executive also confirmed that the “Stay local” message should be deleted “to focus more on individual behaviors rather than distance traveled”.

Schools in Northern Ireland will also be allowed to compete against each other from 24 May. Schools will also be able to resume extracurricular activities, extra-curricular indoor sports, outdoor inter-school sports and one-day educational visits.

Outdoor gatherings for up to 500 people will also be permitted on May 24, which should allow some events to take place.

The executive confirmed that the essential travel reasons required for travel in the common travel area (ATC) have been removed, but the guidelines on self-isolation must remain.

Exceptions to the quarantine requirement include if a visit is to family or friends, or if the passenger has already completed the mandatory managed quarantine upon arrival at a point of entry elsewhere in the CTA and then traveled. directly to Northern Ireland.

There is no update yet on the resumption of international travel more generally, as Northern Ireland has yet to take the approach that England has taken with so-called green, orange and red lists.

The executive added at the present time that it is advisable not to travel inside or outside Northern Ireland except where it is essential to do so.

There will be a return to indoor club team training from May 24, while on May 31 competitive indoor sport will be allowed to resume.

June 21 will see the reopening of theaters and concerts – with ongoing risk assessments. Lectures and exhibitions will also be included. These decisions will be submitted to the executive for review in June.

After supporters returned to the Irish Cup final, Prime Minister Arlene Foster said: “This is a great victory for people of all ages who missed out on the shared experience of a match, a concert or outdoor show.

“Hosting this learning event will provide a valuable opportunity to gather knowledge that will inform our plans for a safer return of all types of large audience events.”

Deputy Premier Michelle O’Neill added, “We are fully committed to bringing back those aspects of life that people have missed so much over the past year. We know that for many families and friends, attending games or events is an important part of their life.

“Each step on the road to recovery is based on the best available evidence and this event has been carefully designed to contribute to our knowledge base on large-scale site reopening.”

Telegraph de Belfast



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