Covid-19 Easing of Restrictions

Written by on 22 April 2021

Following a review by the Northern Ireland Executive, some Covid-19 Restrictions are being lifted. A further review will take place on 13th May 2021.

The easing of restrictions include:-

From 30 April, up to 15 people (including children) from no more than three households can meet up outdoors in a private garden, but you should maintain social distancing.

From 30 April, you can stay overnight in self-contained accommodation with your household or bubble. You must not stay overnight with anyone not in your household or bubble, unless a legal exemption applies.

From 30 April, 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.

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.

From 23 April, outdoor visitor attractions and activity centres may reopen. This includes drive-in cinemas and performances. When going to these events, you must not share your vehicle with anyone outside your household or bubble.

An indicative date of 24 May has been set for the reopening of indoor visitor and cultural attractions, such as museums, galleries, cinemas and bingo halls. This will be subject to review. Music venues are not included in this indicative date.

From 23 April, close contact services (including those provided from a mobile setting) can reopen strictly by appointment. Businesses will also be required to collect customer details to help with the Test, Trace, Protect contact tracing programme. Driving instruction, theory tests and driving tests can also resume.

From 30 April, all shops can reopen and off-licences will be permitted to sell alcohol after 8.00 pm.

From 23 April, squad training can resume, as well as competitive outdoor sports. No spectators are permitted and numbers (including officials, participants, management and support personnel) should be restricted to the minimum number required for the delivery of the event and should not exceed 100. 

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

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.

Full details of all restrictions can be found on the NI Direct website:

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