Coronavirus: NI to move to 1m distancing rule from Monday – to help hospitality firms

Apparently Arlene Foster and the NI government reckon the hospitality industry said this would help restart their businesses. Is that a good enough reason?

The Stormont Executive has agreed to reduce social distancing in Northern Ireland from 2m (6ft) to 1m with restrictions from Monday, Arlene Foster has confirmed.

It comes days after the prime minister said England would move to “1m plus” on 4 July, as its lockdown is eased.

The proposal was brought to the executive by Economy Minister Diane Dodds.

The first minister said hospitality businesses must uphold safety.

Mrs Foster and Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill also announced a series of other indicative dates for businesses and public facilities to reopen as lockdown is further eased in Northern Ireland.

They include:

  • Betting shops from 3 July;
  • Close contact services like spas and massage; tattoo parlours, holistic therapies and reflexology from 6 July;
  • Indoor gyms and outdoor playgrounds from 10 July;
  • Libraries from 16 July;
  • The resumption of competitive sport from 17 July – with “limited numbers” of outdoor spectators, to be increased from 31 July;
  • Bingo halls and arcades from 29 July;
  • Other seated indoor venues such as cinemas and theatres from 29 July;
  • Indoor sports courts and skating rinks from 7 August;
  • Leisure centres and soft play areas from 7 August;
  • Socially-distanced indoor spectators can return to sporting events from 28 August;
  • Open air museums from late-August.

Source: Coronavirus: NI to move to 1m distancing rule from Monday – BBC News

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5 thoughts on “Coronavirus: NI to move to 1m distancing rule from Monday – to help hospitality firms

  1. wildswimmerpete

    “Indoor gyms and outdoor playgrounds from 10 July;”……………but not for leisure centres and pools in England. That fat, lying slob needs to get his finger out and liaise with SAGE to finalise a day when we can go to the gym or pool. A lot of us, myself included, show signs of muscle wastage especially in our legs.

  2. Molly Ayton

    Why libraries from 16th of July,surely it is easy in a library to keep at least 1 meter apart. unlike some other venues like tattoo parlours where you are up close and personal. Lots of people need the library for internet ,printing etc. i would have thought libraries would be essential.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      I’m glad he’s doing these interviews in various papers. He does have a book out but it’s £9.99 for less than 200 pages, which is not value for money.

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