Social distancing will be removed for pubs and restaurants with nightclubs set to reopen – .

Social distancing will be removed for pubs and restaurants with nightclubs set to reopen – .

Stormont’s executive has agreed to drop social distancing rules for pubs and restaurants.

he rule of the meter will be abolished on October 31st.

From October 31, nightclubs will also be able to reopen.

On this date, customers will also once again be able to move freely in all reception areas and dancing is once again authorized.

The executive will ask event planners and venues to require customers to prove either a full vaccination, a negative lateral flow test or evidence of a Covid infection in the previous six months.

At Thursday’s meeting, Stormont’s executive also agreed to a number of other relaxations.

These include removing a cap on the number of people who congregate in indoor home environments. This will go into effect on October 14.

On the same date, spectators will no longer need to be seated to watch indoor performances.

It is understood that the October 31 date for other relaxations affecting hospitality has been set to give Stormont officials sufficient time to engage with the industry on the implementation of the mitigation measures.

It is understood that during the meeting, ministers were briefed by officials that the sites sitting inside that have introduced vaccine / test-proof entry requirements in recent weeks have recorded a 99% compliance rate among customers.

Prime Minister Paul Givan said a number of Covid restrictions would be relaxed in Northern Ireland by the end of October.

Speaking after an executive meeting, he said: “The key area we discussed was obviously the remaining restrictions that were in place in terms of exiting these measures, and also around our contingency plan. fall / winter on how we can deal with a range of scenarios if they arise.

“I am happy that by the end of October we will have completed restrictions on a wide range of issues at this point.

“There will be three areas left; it will be wearing face coverings in some limited areas, with respect to the retention of risk assessments and also the retention of data around site visitors and hospitality.

“These will be low level mitigation measures that will remain in effect, there will be guidance regarding many sectors that operate in our society and our economy that will remain in place in a voluntary guidance format. “

Mr. Givan added, “By the end of October, we will be at the point where we will continue to look at three areas over the winter and will likely remain low-level regulatory interventions.

“On October 14, we will have changes in terms of numbers around domestic executives and tourist accommodation. This will be further limited when it comes to house parties and raves. This will happen on October 14 and the remaining areas then at the end of October.

“The Deputy Prime Minister and I met with representatives of the hospitality industry this morning and we are very keen to establish a partnership with them and that is why we are able to move forward with the relaxation of the distancing social because of their commitments to us that they want. to follow our advice regarding mitigation measures, which have been put in place for other indoor vaccination sites, a positive PCR test in the last 180 days and also a lateral flow. We had these commitments from the hospitality industry. ”


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