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Advice for Members in Northern Ireland

Last Updated: 24 June 2020

For the latest information, please visit https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/coronavirus.

The current advice from the Public Health Agency for Northern Ireland is:
  • stay at home as much as possible
  • limit contact with other people
  • keep your distance if you do go out (stay 2 metres apart)
  • wash your hands well and often
  • work from home if you can
  • DO NOT leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.

The following types of businesses can continue to operate but are under a legal duty to adopt social distancing measures. This does not mean that these are the only types of businesses that may remain open:
  • all retailers
  • off licences and licensed shops selling alcohol (including breweries)
  • pharmacies (including non-dispensing pharmacies) and chemists
  • newsagents
  • homeware, building supplies and hardware stores
  • petrol stations
  • car repair and MOT services
  • bicycle shops
  • taxi or vehicle hire businesses
  • banks, building societies, credit unions, short term loan providers and cash points
  • post offices
  • funeral directors
  • laundrettes and dry cleaners
  • dental services, opticians, audiology services, chiropody, chiropractors, osteopaths and other medical or health services, including services relating to mental health
  • veterinary surgeons and pet shops
  • agricultural supplies shops
  • storage and distribution facilities, including delivery drop off or collection points, where the facilities are in the premises of a business included in this part
  • car parks
  • public toilets
  • caravan parks, camping sites and self-catering tourist accommodation

From 8 June 2020. The following businesses will be able to operate:
  • New and used car retailers;
  • Retailers of light motor vehicles, lorries/trailers;
  • Retailers of caravans or motorhomes;
  • Retailers of agricultural or other large machinery;
  • Non-food retail outlets with lower frequency customer visits and/or with greater propensity for larger store areas. This is only permitted where those outlets have direct street access or direct access within a retail park
From Friday 12 June.
  • All remaining shops were allowed to open again
  • Childcare: The executive agreed to allow church halls and community centres to open from Friday 12 June to facilitate childcare for people who will have to return to work
From 26 June 2020.
  • Groups of six can meet indoors
  • Groups of 10 can meet outdoors
  • The following businesses will be able to operate: Caravan parks, camping sites and self-catering tourist accommodation reopened.

From 3 July 2020. The following businesses will be able to operate:
  • Hotels will be permitted to open, but spas and leisure facilities within them will not be able to open.
  • From this date, restaurants, cafes and coffee shops can also resume trading.
  • Pubs and bars will also be allowed to trade, but must serve food and operate on a table service basis.
  • Those pubs that do not serve food will be allowed to sell alcohol outdoors.
  • Visitor attractions such as museums, and cultural heritage sites can reopen from 3 July as well.

From 6 July 2020

People shielding can meet outside in groups of up to six, maintaining social distancing.

No Change Yet:

The ‘two-metre’ rule has not been lifted in Northern Ireland, so the practices already adopted for social distancing in the workplace have not changed, However, it is currently under review.

Under the regulations, the following businesses are subject to restrictions or closure:
  • cinemas
  • theatres, nightclubs, bingo halls, concert halls
  • casinos
  • betting shops
  • spas
  • nail, beauty, hair salons and barbers
  • massage parlours
  • tattoo and piercing parlours
  • skating rinks
  • indoor fitness studios, gyms, swimming pools, bowling alleys, amusement arcades or soft play areas or other indoor leisure centres or facilities

For full details of the current guidelines for Northern Ireland, please visit the NI Direct website.

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