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Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Social distancing to end indoors in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland will end social distancing rules in indoor settings, such as in shops, theatres and a number of other settings.

At a meeting yesterday, ministers agreed to end the one-metre distancing rule for retail settings, indoor attractions and seated indoor venues.

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The measures will take effect at 6pm on Thursday.

Further consideration is to be given to the hospitality sector on October 7th.

Every adult in Northern Ireland is also to receive a £100 voucher which they’re being urged to spend in shops and businesses in their local areas from next Monday.

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The DUP and Sinn Féin opposed a proposal to make proof of vaccination a requirement for entry to indoor seated venues.

Opposition politicians argued that such a move is reckless and will put undue pressure on the health service throughout the winter months.

IMAGE – “File:Official portrait of Sir Jeffrey M. Donaldson crop 1.jpg” by Chris McAndrew is licensed under CC BY 3.0/“Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald and Vice President Michelle O’Neill” by Sinn Féin is licensed under CCBY2.0

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