Communities Minister Hargey clarifies guidance on Social Distancing at outdoor events and gatherings

The Minister for Communities, Deirdre Hargey MLA, has written a letter to arts organisations to clarify the NI Executive’s guidance on social distancing at outdoor gatherings, as it applies to arts events and festivals. Noting that the Executive remains concerned about the spread of the virus and its transmissibility, the key points to take from the clarification are:

For outdoor venues, the guidance will continue to note the health benefits of 2-metre social distancing;

The guidance will further advise that social distancing requirements are strongly advised but are not a requirement; and

Where possible, those organising events and venue operators should maintain a minimum of 1-metre social distancing and ideally 2 metres.

Ministerial Letter can be found at the link below.

Ministerial Letter to Arts Organisations (pdf)

For the current Covid regulations see link below.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) regulations and guidance: what they mean for you

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