Northern Ireland likely to have beer gardens and salons open in next month
Hair salons will reopen first, with retail, beer gardens, and gyms following soon after.
The Northern Ireland Executive is to meet today to agree on an indicative timeline for the further easing of Covid-19 restrictions.
Health Minister Robin Swann said the scales are tipping in favour of accelerating the process, which would mean Northern Ireland could begin to reopen its economy as early as 23 April.
BBC News Northern Ireland reported that Stormont ministers will be asked to approve the full reopening of retail on April 30, meanwhile, hair salons will be the first to reopen on 23 April.
First Minister Arlene Foster, Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill and Health Minister Robin Swann have all already signaled that it is likely the easing of restrictions will go ahead.
Outdoor visitor attractions will also open that week.
Outdoor hospitality for pubs and restaurants will be allowed to reopen on 10 May alongside gyms. Meanwhile, on 14 May, wedding receptions and post burial events in hospitality venues will be possible but limited to 30 people.
Indoor drinking and dining will likely not be allowed to resume before June.
The suggested timeline for reopening is as follows:
April 23 - Hairdressers, beauty salons, and outdoor attractions.
April 30 - All retail, and self-contained tourist accommodations.
May 10 - Outdoor dining, drinking, and gyms.
May 14 - Wedding guest reception or post burial allowed with up to 30 people.