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A decision on the advisability The reopening of theaters and concert halls has been delayed by the Northern Ireland executive until next week.
The sites were due to reopen on July 26, but ministers want more time to consider the health implications.
However, ministers agreed to relax some restrictions considered low risk.
As of Monday, 1 5 people from aUnlimited number of homes can meet outside and Close Contact Services can open without the need for pre-booked appointments.
Ministers will meet again on Monday to decide whether cinemas can reopen.
If the green light is given, these measures would go into effect immediately.
In a statement released Thursday afternoon, the Northern Ireland executive said "modest relaxations" had been agreed upon after careful consideration.
It followed an update from health and scientific advisers on the progression of the virus, including the growing number of cases and hospital admissions, the statement added.
It comes in the form 1,430 other positive cases were reported by the health ministry on Thursday . This includes samples taken in recent days, not necessarilyt in the last 24 hours.
No other deaths have been recorded.
The frustration here is not entirely surprising.
A pause was put on things that some were hoping to receive the green light and the most disappointed will see will be those who run our theaters and venues in concert.
Today 's decision does not mean that the reopening of these places will not happen, but it will not happen as quickly as the owners want it to be.
However, when you consider some of the numbers ministers were considering today, it comes as no surprise.
All of this happens before the executive meets August 12 to consider mandatory face masks and an end to social distancing.
It doesn't look like 'freedom day ' - or anything like that - will be announced in Ireland soon. North.
Dr Alan Stout, Chairman of the Northern Ireland GP Committee, described the decision of the Northern Ireland executive as "responsive and measured ".
He said the executive had not bowed to pressure to relax restrictions, but had rather based his decision on the data and the risks involved.
"The temptation is that we move too soon, we need a little more time, " he said. he told Hfrance.fr Radio Ulster's Evening Extra.
However, Dr Stout added thatue Northern Ireland "was not losing the race " between infections and vaccines.
"We are doing well and protecting people. We would shudder to think what position we are in. would be right now if we hadn't vaccinated so many people, "he said.
However, Glyn Roberts, managing director of Retail NI, said he was "regrettable " that more progress could not have been made in the wider reopening of the economy.
He added that the executive should also take action regarding the number of people needing to self-isolate.
"We have received numerous calls from members this week indicating that they may well have to close due to staff having to self-isolate " he said.
"At the very least, we need the executive to bring Northern Ireland into line with the English date of August 16, which allows 'pinged ' workers doubling vaccineare going to take a PCR test, rather than isolating themselves for 10 days. "
The executive will also decide on Monday whether the current limit for indoor gatherings can be increased from six to ten people, no more than three households.
A decision on reopening the MoT test centers must also be made at this meeting.
Other decisions , including removing restrictions on sound levels in indoor rooms, holding conferences and exhibitions, and reducing social distancing to one meter will be considered next Thursday.
Many Covid restrictions in Northern Ireland have been lifted in recent months, after a lockdown that lasted around four months.
The arts and music sector had urged the executive to stick to the latest indicative date and allow the industry to resume its activities, with mitigation measures.
What did the ministers think about?
They were looking to allow a range of flexibilities, including:
- 10 people from three households to meet ininside the house - 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 social distancing of 1 m (3 ft) required
- Removal of restrictions on sound levels of music in indoor venues
- Resumption of conferences and exhibitions
- Hairdressing and beauty salons operate without overlapping appointment and appointment requirements to be allowed
- Legal requirement social distancing should be reduced to 1m indoors and removed for all outdoor activities
- MoT centers to resume normal services, allowing customers to be present in theaters trial
The executive previously said it intended to remove the so-called "bubble " care provision if he approvedrelaxations for a growing number of people allowed to meet at home.
copyright of the 'image Reuters caption of the image Although the mandatory use of face coverings in England ended on July 19, this did not not applicable there in Northern Ireland
What about face covers?
Although the mandatory use of covers is faces in England ended July 19, this does not apply in Northern Ireland.
Ministers have been discussing the issue in recent days, but they are more cautious in lifting this rule.
They have put in place an indicative date of July 26, who would see face coverings no longer mandatory in places of worship or for students in classrooms in the new mandate - but this has not yet been approved by ministers.
Ministers must review the wearing of face coverings by places of worship at the executive meeting next Thursday.
Ministers are unlikely to consider ending the mandatory use of larger face coveringsuntil a meeting on August 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.
Decisions to relax or to impose restrictions must be approved by the five parts of the executive.
They should heed the advice of health authorities on the spread of the variant, as well as the social and economic effects of the restrictions on the public.
The Premier and Deputy Prime Minister have indicated that they will meet again on August 12 to consider requirements for lifting face coverings in other settings, the requirement for self-isolation and travel.