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The Minister of Health advised the executive that the Covid-19 restrictions in Northern Ireland are not expected to be relaxed next week due to an increase in cases, according to Hfrance.fr News NI.
The current ministers meetment to decide whether certain restrictions should be lifted.
It is understood that Robin Swann has submitted a document to the executive.
He indicates that officials do not yet have enough data to continue as cases continue to grow. 'increase.
Due to the lack of data, he recommends not to relax the rules yet.
Among the relaxations envisaged by the ministers is the reopening of theaters and other venues covered, which were given an indicative date of July 26 to reopen to the public.
These are among a number of proposals to be approved at Thursday's executive meeting.
Many Covid restrictions in Northern Ireland have been lifted in recent months, after a lockdown that lasted around four months.
image caption Hospitality Ulster previously urged the executive to lift additional restrictions on hospitality
However, theaters and concert halls have been closed in Northern Ireland for almost 16 months , all other parts of the UK already allowing it to reopen.
The arts and music industry had urgedthe executive to stick to the last indicative date and allow the industry to resume trading, with mitigating measures.
What the ministers will consider other?
They should look to allow a range of relaxations, including:
- 10 people from three households to meet inside from home - children 12 and under are exempt from the limit
- 15 people from an unlimited number of households to meet in a private garden
- Reopening of theaters and concert halls, with a social distance of 1 m (3 ft) required
- Removal of restrictions on music sound levels in indoor halls
- Resumption of conferences and of exhibitions
- Hairdressers and beauty salons must operate without an appointment requirement and overlapping appointments must be allowed
- The legal requirement of social distancing doit be reduced to 1 m indoors and removed for all outdoor activities
- MoT centers to resume normal services, allowing customers to be present in the halls trial
The executive previously said it intends to remove the so-called "bubble" care provision if it approves the relaxations for an increasing number of persons authorized to meet at home.
Image copyright Reuters image caption Mandatory use of face covers in some contexts should be discussed on Thursday
What about face coverings?
Although the compulsory use of face coverings in England has taken end of July 19, this does not apply in Northern Ireland.
Minis ters have discussed the matter in recent days, but they are moving more cautiously to lift this rule.
They put in place an indicative date of July 26, which would see face coverings no longer mandatory in places of worship or for students in classrooms in the new term - but which will also have to be approved. by ministers on Thursday.
Seeking to end the mandatory use of face coverings more widely is unlikely to be discussed by ministers until a meeting on Aug 12.
Masks have been mandatory in Northern Ireland on public transport, in shops and in a range of other settings since last summer, with a limited number of exemptions .
When might Covid restrictions end in Northern Ireland?
It's not entirely clear.
The decisions of 'Relaxing or imposing restrictions must be approved by the five parties in the executive.
They must heed the advice of health authorities onthe spread of the variant, as well as the social and economic effects of the restrictions on the public.
The Premier and Deputy Premier said they will meet again on August 12 to consider the requirements removal of face coverings in other settings, the requirement of self-isolation and travel.
The executive will also consider work-from-home issues, measures remaining mitigations in the hospitality industry and the return of unrestricted live music and dancing.