The NI Executive will meet on Thursday to see if some restrictions can be eased next week.
Earlier in July, ministers agreed the lifting of more coronavirus restrictions with an indicative date of July 26, but discussions will take place today to see if relaxations can go ahead.
It will be subject to advice from health officials, who are concerned about the Delta variant, according to the BBC News NI.
Considerations to be looked at today include:
- Concert halls and theatres can reopen but with mitigations, with 1m social distancing required
- Return of conferences and exhibitions
- Live music indoors will not be subject to sound level restrictions
- Increase on number of people meeting within homes – 10 people from three households with children under 12 not included in limit
- 15 people from any number of households can meet in a garden
Close contact services will no longer have to operate on appointment only basis
Remove requirement for face coverings to be worn in places of worship
MoT centres to resume normal services
When the indicative date was given for the lifting of these restrictions, a spokesperson said: “The Executive is conscious that other jurisdictions are making changes to their own regulations and requirements over the coming weeks and it is important to make clear that the decisions taken on Thursday have been taken in a local context and are those which apply here
“Any measures not outlined in these relaxations, such as the requirement for face coverings in other settings, the requirement for self-isolation and travel will be considered in more detail at a meeting on August 12
“During August the Executive will also consider issues relating to working from home, further relaxations in domestic settings, the remaining mitigations in the hospitality sector, the return of further and higher education and the return of live music and dancing without restrictions.”
Theatres and live music venues are urging the Executive to stick with the indicative date of July 26 to allow them to reopen – as they are already reopen in the UK.
In relation to international travel, from July 26, arrivals from amber list countries who have been fully vaccinated in the UK will not have to self-isolate or take a day eight test post-arrival
The definition for a ‘fully vaccinated’ traveller is someone who:
- has completed a full course of vaccination, whether that requires two doses or one dose (according to the MHRA authorised schedule as approved by MHRA and/or EMA); and
- has completed the full course of vaccination at least 14 days previously
The Executive has agreed three cohorts who should be exempt from these measures (i.e. treated as if they are fully vaccinated):
- Clinical trial participants
- Children under 18
- Those with medical advice against vaccination.
These groups would still need to complete a PLF, pre-departure testing and day two post-arrival testing.
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