When do gyms, pubs and restaurants reopen in Northern Ireland?

Gyms, pubs and restaurants will begin to reopen in Northern Ireland later this week - this is everything you need to know.

Monday, 26th April 2021, 5:26 pm

Below you will find the details of what changes will look like on Friday April 30.

Also, pay particular attention to 'indicative dates' as the Northern Ireland Executive has agreed these dates on a provisional basis and there is a chance they could extend or even bring them forward.

When does the hospitality sector i.e. pubs, bars, restaurants and caravan parts etc, reopen in Northern Ireland?

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People all over Northern Ireland will be able to enjoy a pint of beer outside their local pub from Friday April 30.

From April 30, overnight stays are permitted in self-contained tourism accommodation (such as self-catering houses, caravans and motor homes). This is accommodation with no shared facilities, which can be exclusively used by a single household/ bubble.

Outdoor areas at hospitality venues (cafes, restaurants, bars, pubs, social clubs, including in members’ clubs) can reopen.

A maximum of six people from two households can be seated together. Children aged 12 and under are not counted in the total. More than six will be permitted if they all belong to a single household.

Apart from entering and leaving the premises, the only movement allowed indoors is to access toilet facilities, to select food from a buffet or to pay - however, social distancing must be maintained.

Venues will also be required to collect customer details to help with the Test, Trace, Protect contact tracing programme.

Customer details will include the:

- name and telephone number of each visitor over the age of 16

- date and time of arrival

Indicative date

An indicative date of 24 May has been set for the reopening of indoor hospitality venues and all tourism accommodation. This will be subject to review.

When do gyms reopen in Northern Ireland?

From April 30, gyms, swimming pools and indoor leisure facilities may open for individual exercise and also one-to-one training/ coaching with social distancing.

Indicative date

An indicative date of 24 May has been set for the return of indoor group exercise and training (numbers informed by venue). This will be subject to review.


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