Covid-19 restrictions in Northern Ireland will be extended for one more week, with a partial reopening of some sectors next Friday, it has been confirmed.
A compromise was reached by the executive last night (November 12) after four days of negotiations at Stormont.
A proposal from DUP Economy Minister Diane Dodds was supported by the Ulster Unionists and Alliance.
Sinn Féin voted against the move and the SDLP abstained.
The current restrictions, which came into effect on October 16, were due to end at midnight tonight (November 13).
From November 20:
- Unlicensed premises and close contact services can reopen
- Hair and beauty salons and driving instructors can reopen (appointments only)
- Hospitality may reopen on a “gradual basis”
- Unlicensed premises (including cafes and coffee shops) can open, however they must close at 20:00 GMT. Alcohol cannot be purchased or consumed on such premises.
- Pubs and bars will be permitted to sell sealed off sales
All other Covid-19 restrictions, which were introduced on October 16, will expire at midnight on November 26.