Coronavirus: Key parts of the tourism and hospitality industry to reopen

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Dates announced for the reopening of tourism and hospitality businesses along with changes to certain restrictions

The Northern Ireland Executive has announced dates for reopening key parts of the tourism and hospitality industry. These dates will be conditional on controlling the rate of transmission of COVID-19.

Self-contained accommodation

From Friday 26 June 2020 the following accommodation businesses will be permitted to reopen:

  • Holiday and home parks.
  • Caravan sites
  • Self-catering properties.

Hospitality and other accommodation

From Friday 3 July 2020 the following tourism and hospitality businesses will be permitted to reopen:

  • Guesthouses, guest accommodation, B&Bs, hotels and hostels.
  • Restaurants, cafés, coffee shops.
  • Visitor attractions.

From 3 July 2020 the indoor spaces of pubs and bars will be permitted to be used for the provision of substantial meals with the serving of alcohol being ancillary to this. Permission to open will be on a table service basis, ie customers will not be permitted to order either food or drink from the bar area of an establishment.

Pubs and bars with outdoor spaces, such as beer gardens, will be able to serve alcohol (where there licence permits them to do so) in these spaces on a table service basis.

However, at this stage hotel spas and leisure facilities will not be permitted to open.

Advice on workplace safety

Tourism and hospitality businesses will also need to apply social distancing measures. These are expected to remain in force for some time.

For guidance and practical steps on how local employers and employees can keep themselves and their workplaces safe, see:

HSENI has produced a risk assessment template showing the approach a business should take to keep a workplace safe and healthy. See the workplace risk assessment template for COVID-19.


First published 1 June 2020