Coronavirus restrictions in Northern Ireland: NI executive issues statement on delayed relaxation of rules
The Northern Ireland executive has postponed the easing of restrictions on coronaviruses until early July.
Stormont ministers have made the decision to delay the easing of measures currently in place due to the emergence of the Delta variant in the country.
Over the past week, cases of the variant have doubled.
In a statement, the executive said it was “unfortunately” making decisions on the basis of expert medical and scientific advice and acting in the best interests of the entire population.
He said: “The executive today received an update on the progress of the Covid-19 epidemic and, in particular, the continued advancement of the Delta variant which has become more prevalent over the past seven last days.
“This increase in the Delta variant, and the speed at which it is spreading throughout the community is of great concern.
“The evidence from other jurisdictions, where the variant is already dominant, is of concern to us as well.
“In light of this, the clear advice from our medical and scientific experts is to delay any further easing to allow further monitoring of the situation.
“We are therefore unfortunately not in a position to ratify the indicative dates planned for future easing. We will continue to monitor the situation very closely and examine all emerging data. The executive has agreed on a new indicative date of the July 5, to be reviewed on July 1.
“We know it will be very disappointing for all those affected, especially in the arts and culture sectors. We did not take this decision lightly and are acting collectively in the best interests of our people. This is similar to decisions that were made in England and Scotland will delay further easing of restrictions due to concerns over the Delta variant.
“We ask everyone to show up for their vaccine as soon as possible and to keep both appointments. We also urge employers to make it easier for workers to get their vaccines. If we all work together, we’ll get to a point where we can continue our way out of the restrictions. ”
Ministers will meet again on July 1 to review the situation before confirming any easing of restrictions.
From July 5, will be in place:
Theaters and concert halls
Reopening of seated theaters and concert halls and other venues of this type. Tickets must be purchased before the show. Audiences for indoor events must have assigned seats and remain seated and a social distance of one meter will be required.
Exhibitions and conferences
Return of conferences and exhibitions in compliance with regulations.
Home and community
Allow indoor gatherings in a domestic setting of 10 people from no more than two households. If a household has 10 members, the maximum is increased to 15 from a maximum of two households. (Does not include children 12 and under).
Allow outdoor gatherings in a domestic setting of 15 people from an unlimited number of households. (Does not include children 12 and under).
Remove the linked household / bubble layout.
Allow outdoor gatherings to the maximum permitted based on the risk assessment for sites in all sectors. More than 30 people must be an organized gathering and would require a risk assessment.
Close contact services
Allow close contact services to open without an appointment but with remaining mitigations.
In authorized and unauthorized premises that provide or sell food and beverages (including or not including alcoholic beverages) for consumption on site, allow live music at background or ambient levels; the volume should be such as to enable visitors to conduct a conversation at normal speaking level. No dancing allowed.
At outdoor events, allow live music and dancing, unrestricted to background or ambience levels.
Allow live music, without restriction to background or ambient levels for rehearsal, recording or performance in concert halls, theaters and other indoor venues which, during the rehearsal, recording or representation are reserved for this purpose. No dancing for the public but allowed as part of the show.
Allow live music, unrestricted to background or ambience levels for “other indoor locations” – may include space in larger premises – for example, a reception hall or conference room in a hotel. In such circumstances, access to the room should be effectively controlled and managed and the room should be sufficiently isolated from the rest of the premises to ensure that the volume of music in the room does not exceed ambient or background levels in the room. other parts of the premises. No dancing for the public but allowed as part of the show.
Entrance to public performances will be by ticket only. Tickets must be purchased before the show. Audiences at indoor events must have assigned seats and must remain seated (except when using the facilities).
A social distance of at least one meter will be required for live music related activities in indoor venues and will be advised for all outdoor events.
Messages will be developed around travel to and from such events to inform the public of the safest options.
Education and young people
A restart of night residences for youth services and uniformed organizations as part of the ongoing gradual reopening of youth services to facilitate the delivery of the summer youth program as part of the ongoing gradual reopening of youth services. youth services.
Please continue to follow public health advice, wash your hands, wear face coverings, stay away socially, meet outdoors if possible, and use good ventilation when meeting indoors.
Make decisions that are safer for yourself and for others.