Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

13.46 1 Jun 2020


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Hotels and tourist accommodation in Northern Ireland will be allowed to reopen from July 20th if coronavirus numbers remain low.

Holiday parks, hostels and bed & breakfasts will also be able to reopen on that date.

However, the Northern Ireland Executive says the reopening dates for some accommodation - such as caravan parks and self-catering properties - may be brought forward, depending on scientific advice.

July 20th is the same date hotels and other accommodation will be able to reopen in the Republic under the roadmap announced by the Government last month.

While Northern Ireland unveiled its own phased reopening plan last month, it did not include proposed dates for each stage of the process.

Northern Ireland's Economy Minister Diane Dodds today said the Executive believes the time has come to give clarity to the tourism sector about reopening dates.

She said: “Tourist accommodation will operate in a new, and challenging, world when it begins to emerge from COVID-19.

“We need to enable businesses to plan ahead to ensure social distancing and hygiene practices are in place and staff are trained.

"These practices will also be essential to reassure customers and employees that establishments are COVID-19 safe."

However, she stressed that the dates are conditional on the "continued containment" of the virus.

Main image: File photo of Diane Dodds. Picture by: Liam McBurney/PA Archive/PA Images

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