Northern Ireland’s roadmap out of lockdown

Northern Ireland’s road map out of lockdown has been revealed.
The plan is broken down into five stages, but does not follow specific dates. The specifics are as follows:

Northern Ireland is currently in Stage 1 which is ‘lockdown’ and has been since 26th December.

Stage 2 the ‘Cautious First Steps’ phase:

  • Partial return of schools
  • Six people from two households can meet in private garden
  • Restart of click and collect services for non-essential retail
  • Reopening of cafes
  • Reopening of outdoor sports facilities
  • Church services to resume

Stage 3 – ‘Gradual Easing’ of restrictions:

  • Six people from two households can meet indoors
  • All pupils return to the classroom
  • Retail to fully reopen
  • Close contact services to reopen
  • Table service allowed in restaurants and pubs
  • Wet pubs to remain closed
  • Caravan sites, hotels and B&Bs to reopen
  • Indoor visitor attractions and libraries to reopen
  • Leisure centres to reopen
  • Phased return to offices
  • Small wedding receptions and funeral wakes allowed

Stage 4 – ‘Further Easing’ phase

  • Larger groups can meet indoors
  • Overnight stays allowed
  • More face-to-face teaching
  • Wet pubs to reopen with table service
  • Theatres and cinemas to reopen
  • Limited live music at weddings allowed
  • Some spectators permitted at some sports events

The final stage – ‘Preparing for the Future’

  • No limit on household gatherings
  • Workplaces to fully open
  • Large outdoor concerts allowed
  • Bar service in pubs permitted
  • Nightclubs to reopen
  • Preparations for full return of leisure travel

For the full document on easing restrictions in Northern Ireland, click here.

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