Stormont Ministers Agree To End Table Service Requirements For Unlicensed Premises And Buffets In Northern Ireland
According to The Belfast Telegraph, Stormont ministers have agreed to end the table service requirement for unlicensed premises such as cafés, as well as for buffets, in Northern Ireland.
Stormont ministers reportedly updated the rules around hospitality at its weekly meeting following a paper submitted by Economy Minister Diane Dodds.
Table Service Requirements
The decision will require new legislation to be passed, and it is understood that the departments of health and the economy will work together on the issue.
The updated requirements will be a welcome boost to the hospitality, which is getting back on its feet after a tumultuous year.
Elsewhere, the ministers also discussed the return of live music for venues following a paper from Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey.
In a video message posted to Twitter, Hargey said she asked the Executive to look at the earliest date possible for a return to live music in bars, restaurants, and venues.
"I have engaged with the sector and announced millions of pounds in funding to put money back in their pockets," she said.
"I look forward to the return of live music in bars and venues as soon as possible so that we can all begin to support them once again in person," added Hargey.
It is understood decisions may be made around live music at the next Thursday's meeting of the Executive.
First Minister Arlene Foster and deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill took part in a Covid recovery summit with government counterparts in England, Scotland, and Wales.
As reported by The Belfast Telegraph, Foster said it had been a "constructive engagement on a range of complex and interconnected issues".
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