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Re-opening Guidance

As restrictions ease, more businesses will be permitted to re-open, provided they follow relevant safety advice. This page will be kept up to date with information for all sectors.

NI Executive Decisions

Relaxation of Restrictions

The NI Executive have announced dates for the relaxation of restrictions:

From 23 April:

  • Resumption of driving instruction and theory tests;
  • Driving testing can resume;
  • Re-opening of close contact services including training;
  • Re-opening of outdoor visitor attractions including outdoor activity centres;

From 30 April:

  • Reopen all of retail;
  • Reopen and permit overnight stays in self-contained tourist accommodation for one household only;
  • Reopen unlicensed premises, outdoors only with a maximum of 6 people from 2 households per table and contact details recorded;
  • Reopen licensed premises, including social clubs, outdoors only, limited to 6 people from no more than 2 households and contact details recorded;
  • Remove the curfew on takeaways;
  • Remove the curfew on off licences; and
  • Permit individual activities in gyms, swimming pools and other large venues – including with a carer and to allow 1-2-1 training/coaching with social distancing.

An indicative date of May 24 for:

  • Reopening unlicensed and licensed premises indoors with mitigations;
  • Reopening the remainder of Tourist accommodation;
  • Allowing visits indoors in domestic settings;
  • Reopening indoor visitor attractions; and
  • Resume indoor group exercise and training in numbers limited to suit the venue.


PPE Suppliers List

A list of PPE suppliers is available for local businesses who require PPE to re-open.

Risk Assessment

It is important that your risk assessment is kept up to date and reflects the risks COVID-19 poses in your workplace. The Health and Safety Executive has produced an example risk assessment which shows the kind of approach HSENI expects a small business or workplace to take when carrying out a risk assessment for COVID-19 in the workplace.

View HSENI example risk assessment template

Useful Resources

Consumer Council

The Consumer council has produced an energy price comparison tool to help businesses find a tariff that suits their business needs. The tool will allow you to compare electricity and gas tariffs, available from NI suppliers.

View Consumer Council energy tool


Social Distancing Posters

Posters are available for shops within the five town centres of Ards and North Down reminding customers of social distancing measures. The posters are branded with each town logo.

View Town Social Distancing posters


InvestNI Checklists

Useful Contacts

Health and Safety Executive NI


Public Health Agency


Coronavirus Business Advice and Support

The AND business team is here to support you.

For further information or if you need help and advice, please get in touch via email or telephone 028 9147 3788