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Specators allowed to attend outdoor sporting events

Spectators will be allowed to attend outdoor sporting venues “where the operator can control access and ensure adherence to social distancing” from tomorrow (Friday). 

The Stormont Executive announced a raft of changes to Covid-19 restrictions which will come into effect on the same date, Friday 24.

Ministers have agreed a further easement of regulations which will see swimming pools, spas and community centres reopen.

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The number of people permitted to gather in a private home rises to 10, and the group can consist of people from up to four different households.

Saunas and steam rooms are among the spa facilities permitted to reopen, while funfairs can also resume operating from tomorrow, whether they are indoors or outdoors.

Ministers also agreed to legislate to take the power to make the use of face coverings mandatory in a number of indoor settings.

This will not be implemented immediately.

A publicity campaign will encourage the wearing of face coverings, and the Executive will consider the impact of this campaign at its meeting on August 20. If there has not been a significant increase in the use of face coverings by this stage, the Executive will implement the power to make this mandatory.

The Executive has also agreed an indicative date of August 10 for the reopening of indoor pubs and bars selling only drink (wet pubs).

This relaxation will be ratified in advance of the indicative date depending on the prevailing Covid-19 situation at that time.

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