In a statement Thursday evening, he said that after “careful consideration of the public health situation and the broader societal context”, members of the executive had agreed to a number of changes to the Covid restrictions. -19.
Starting at 6 p.m. on Friday July 30, the following changes will take effect.
The executive noted the health benefits of social distancing, the economic benefits of reopening sectors and sites, and the societal benefits this brings. The Executive therefore decided that:
- With regard to shops and shopping centers, the regulations will go from a requirement of 2 meters to 1 meter. This will ensure that regulations are consistent with other indoor environments such as hospitality and indoor attractions.
- For outdoor venues, guidelines will continue to note the health benefits of a social distance of 2 meters. However, the guidelines will further state that social distancing requirements are strongly advised but are not a requirement. As far as possible, a minimum of 1 meter should be maintained and ideally 2 meters.
The statement added: “The executive remains concerned about the spread of the virus and its transmissibility. Therefore, the executive calls on all sites, clients and attendees to take this into account when planning and attending events, and to follow all public health advice. on issues such as hand washing, wearing face coverings, the benefits of having lateral flow tests, and the critical need to self-isolate if you test positive or are otherwise instructed to do so. The virus remains a risk to our health and economic well-being and the measures taken today must be seen in this context. “
There will be a more in-depth discussion on August 12.
Live music venues
Expanding on its previous decision to allow the return of live music to concert halls and theaters, the Executive agreed to include other indoor venues such as hotel reception halls or community halls.
There will be no restriction on background or ambient volume levels. Where the hall is a space in larger premises, access to the hall should be controlled and managed effectively and the hall should be sufficiently isolated from the rest of the premises to ensure that the volume of music in the hall does not violate the volume. ambience or the background levels in other parts of the premises.
Entrance to public performances will be by ticket only. Tickets must be purchased before the show. Audiences for indoor events must be seated and remain seated, dancing will not be permitted and a social distance of 1m will be required.
Use of risk reduction measures
The use of lateral flow tests for all events is strongly recommended as a risk reduction measure. Social distancing; the use of face coverings; and holding events outdoors where possible, are also recommended as mitigation measures.
From August 2, there will be a pilot rollout of the extension of the Amber Vaccine Arrivals Policy to include people vaccinated in one of the EU27 countries. (outside of France) ; EFTA countries (Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein); and European countries with microstates (Andorra, Monaco and Vatican City) and the United States.
Regarding arrivals from the United States, it was agreed that the policy approach would be as follows: only those fully vaccinated with vaccines approved by the FDA as part of the deployment to the United States, which may presenting a CDC card as proof of vaccination, would be included. A requirement to prove residency in addition to the CDC card for arrivals in the United States has been agreed, in order to mitigate fraud.
From July 31, international cruises will restart in accordance with the traffic light system, with strong guidance to the sector emphasizing the need to manage increased risks and maintain risk mitigations (including the use of vaccination and tests), along with the continuous monitoring of cruise data and one of the emergency plans.
Measures will be put in place to facilitate alternative managed isolation arrangements for international students arriving from Red List countries from August 9.
Starting August 2, a bespoke testing regime will be implemented, which will apply to international NI arrivals exempt from self-isolation as they travel for work. This will only apply to specific types of work as described in the regulations.
A self-isolation exemption for Villarreal fans and UEFA VIPs traveling to the Super Cup final on August 11 will be in place, with the IFA putting in place a series of mitigation measures.
The executive also approved the Consolidated Future Building Stimulus Package which will be released on Thursday.
The statement reads: “The objective of the stimulus plan project is to accelerate the economic, health and societal recovery in the short term so that we can emerge stronger and also to transform ourselves and innovate to plan. maintaining longer-term ambitions.
“Covid-19 has affected all aspects of our society. Sadly, many people have lost their lives and this has had a devastating impact on families and communities. and mental health and well-being.
“The objective of the recovery plan project is to accelerate the economic, health and societal recovery in the short term so that we can emerge stronger and also to plan now for a transformative and innovative change in the longer term.
“Over the past 18 months, we have focused on providing an immediate and coordinated response to the Covid 19 pandemic. However, with the easing of restrictions on coronaviruses, it is time for the executive to turn around into the future and brings together a series of recovery actions in this new strategy. The virus unfortunately continues to have an impact on our lives and we must not lose sight of this in our daily life.
“The already existing economic, health and societal challenges have been exacerbated in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic and this requires immediate action as we begin the transition from crisis mode to recovery.
“We developed the Integrated Recovery Plan to inform our priorities to accelerate recovery over a 24-month period through collaborative work. The plan details 83 high impact interventions that will be implemented over the next 24 months to ensure the recovery of all our citizens. as part of four strategic stimulus boosters: sustainable economic development; green growth and sustainability; fight against inequalities and the health of the population. These are working together to ensure that we can emerge stronger from the pandemic.
“We want to see our economy revitalized, resilient and vibrant. These interventions will help ensure an inclusive society where people have equal access to opportunities. Population accelerator health will lead to a resilient health sector, with all having access to health and social protection in line with the goals.We have prioritized green growth and sustainable development to reduce our emissions and protect our environment.
“The inequalities that were already present in our society have worsened over the past 18 months and it is essential that they be tackled head-on to avoid any further decline. The key to this is strong economic growth to create opportunities for our citizens, improve our lives and help achieve our green growth and sustainable ambitions.
“As we begin the road to recovery, we don’t want to lose the positive changes to our ways of working and living as a result of the pandemic. We have noticed a beneficial impact on our environment; we’ve seen a greater use of technology, and we’ve seen businesses and individuals react in innovative and imaginative ways.
“The stimulus package is not aimed at bringing us back to where we were before, but rather at laying the foundations for a renewal. We are looking to do things differently, to apply what we have learned to deal with the crisis and ultimately aim to be in a better position than we were before.
“In the longer term, it is important that what we deliver as part of the stimulus package contributes to the achievement of our long-term strategic goals in our developing agenda for government and commitments under the new approach. of the new decade.
“We continue to urge everyone who can to receive both doses of the vaccine as soon as possible to help protect yourself and others. Information is available at nidirect.gov.uk/covidvaccine on where you can go for a jab or a book. an appointment.
“And please continue to follow the public health advice to help protect yourself and everyone else and help us continue to make positive progress. “
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