Indoor weddings permitted from tomorrow as further restrictions are eased

Indoor weddings permitted from tomorrow as further restrictions are eased
Caroline Rainey


Caroline Rainey


THE Northern Ireland Executive has confirmed that indoor weddings can take place from tomorrow, Friday (10 July).

Additionally, the venues are to determine the numbers allowed to attend based on their own assessments.

The announcement was made as the Executive revealed further easing in lockdown restrictions.

The Executive agreed there will be no self-isolation requirement for those travelling to Northern Ireland from low to medium risk countries.

Ministers have confirmed that from Friday, 10 July the following can re-open:

* indoor fitness studios and gyms;
* bingo halls and amusement arcades;
* outdoor leisure playgrounds, courts and gyms and cinemas.

The Executive also agreed that outdoor horse racing and equestrian competitions can resume from 11 July with only those needed for the event being able to attend. Outdoor competitive games and sporting events can also start again from 11 July. This covers both grass roots and professional competitive games and events. No spectators will be allowed.  

This easement is on the basis that Governing Body protocols are in place, that they are adhered to and that everyone in the sports sector takes responsibility for and complies with hygiene and social distancing directives to ensure a safe return to sport. 

Ministers also ratified earlier commitments in relation to marriages, baptisms and civil partnerships.

The Executive confirmed that places of worship will be enabled to resume indoor weddings and baptisms from Friday, 10 July.

Local government offices and other venues can resume marriage and civil partnership services from the same date.

It will be up to venues to determine their precise opening dates for ceremonies and venues will determine if they wish to provide post-ceremony celebrations.

Numbers attending indoor marriage and civil partnership ceremonies and post-ceremony celebrations will be determined by the venue on a risk-assessed basis, taking account of the individual circumstances of each and adhering to all relevant public health advice and industry guidance.

Face coverings on public transport will be mandatory from tomorrow, 10 July except where an exemption applies. The current advice is that the use of face coverings is strongly recommended in indoor spaces.

The Executive also agreed that libraries can reopen from 16 July with protocols put in place to ensure social distancing.

And the date allowing for the reopening of indoor sport and leisure facilities, including skating rinks and leisure centres has been brought forward to 17 July. This does not include swimming pools at this stage.

Work is ongoing to progress the Graduate Entry Medical School at Magee and the Executive has agreed to provide the necessary funding assurances to the Department for the Economy and Ulster University by allocating ring-fenced funding for the project. This includes £26 million capital funding and a recurring resource allocation of £9 million.

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