Theatres And Concert Halls To Reopen In Northern Ireland
Theatres and concert halls will be permitted to reopen in Northern Ireland under a new easing of COVID-19-related restrictions that will come into legal effect at 6pm today (Tuesday July 27).
As reported by rte.ie, live music will be permitted for rehearsals and performances, and there will be no restriction on background or ambient volume levels.
Entry will reportedly be by ticket only and tickets must be purchased in advance of performances.
Audiences reportedly must have allocated seating and remain seated, and social distancing of one metre will be required.
As noted on Tourism NI's website, the Executive Northern Ireland Executive said that at this time it is not possible to permit such events for other indoor facilities contained within larger premises, for example, function rooms of hotels.
Domestic Gatherings And Places Of Worship
As reported by rte.ie, Stormont ministers have also increased the number limit for gatherings in indoor domestic settings from six to 10 people, from a maximum of three households, and if one household has 10 members, the maximum is reportedly increased to 15 from a maximum of three households.
The requirement to wear face coverings inside places of worship is reportedly also set to change from being a mandatory requirement to guidance, however, masks will reportedly still be legally required when entering and exiting the building, and will be strongly advised while singing or moving around the building.
The decisions were reportedly made during a virtual Stormont Executive meeting on Monday July 26.
Additionally, a cap limiting the number of households allowed to participate in 15-person outdoor domestic gatherings has reportedly been removed and close contact services, such as hairdressers, are reportedly now permitted to accept walk-in customers.
Northern Irish ministers will reportedly convene again on Thursday July 29 to consider relaxations that are considered "higher risk", including the resumption of conferences and exhibitions and a proposal to end social distancing requirements for outdoor activities and reduce the distance to one metre for indoor settings.
The above news follows news from earlier this month that the Northern Ireland Executive had decided that from July 26, to be ratified on July 22, events could resume in theatres, concert halls and other similar venues.
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