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Social Distancing Restrictions For Seated Indoor Venues To End In NI

Published on Sep 28 2021 8:02 AM in General Industry tagged: Featured Post / indoor dining / indoor drinking

Social Distancing Restrictions For Seated Indoor Venues To End In NI

Northern Ireland Executive ministers have agreed to end social distancing restrictions for a number of indoor settings in Northern Ireland.

The news follows news from Friday September 24 that the Northern Ireland Executive would come together on Monday September 27 to discuss social distancing in hospitality and retail settings, and whether there is a role for vaccine passports.


As reported by, at the meeting yesterday (Monday September 27), Northern Ireland Executive ministers decided to remove the one metre social distance requirement for seated indoor venues, indoor attractions and the retail sector in Northern Ireland.

The measures will reportedly take effect from 6pm on Thursday September 30 and further consideration will reportedly be given to the hospitality sector on Thursday October 7.


Some sectors are reportedly being asked to put in place mitigations including proof of double vaccination against COVID-19 or a negative lateral flow test, but this will reportedly be advice and not legislation, and therefore not legally enforceable.

Strengthened Guidance

Ministers have reportedly agreed to strengthen guidance to business and venue owners to mitigate the impact of allowing a return to full capacity.

The advice reportedly includes the installation of screening, one-way systems and increased ventilation.

Additional Guidance For Indoor Seated Venues

Ministers will reportedly issue additional guidance to indoor seated venues advising that they introduce entry policies that require proof of either COVID-19 vaccination, a negative lateral flow test or evidence of a positive PCR test within the previous six months.

Requirement For Vaccination Passports

The requirement for vaccination passports for entry to the indoor seated venues will reportedly be advisory only.

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