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Coronavirus: Key dates as retailers and visitor attractions set to reopen

Gyms are to reopen next month

Stormont has announced further lockdown easing measures, with gyms and tattoo parlours to reopen next month.

Social distancing will be reduced from two metres to one from June 29.

The reopening dates are:

- Places of worship - June 29

- Hotels and restaurants - July 3

- Visitor attractions, apart from museums and galleries - July 3

- Nail parlours and beauty salons - July 6

- Elite athletes will be able to use indoor training facilities from June 29

- Betting shops - July 3

- Tattoo shops and reflexology - July 6

- Gyms and playgrounds - July 10

- Libraries - July 16

- Competitive sport - July 17

- Cinemas - July 29

- Leisure centres - August 7

- 'Socially distanced' indoor spectators at sporting events - August 28

Tattoo parlours are to reopen next month as part of the further easing of lockdown

First Minister Arlene Foster said social distancing would be relaxed with some conditions.

"A minimum one-metre distance between individuals can be considered acceptable in circumstances where appropriate mitigations are made," she said.

She said lockdown had been eased due to successful efforts to fight the virus.

"Northern Ireland is opening up again, however there is an onus on all of us not to ease the fight and vigilance against Covid-19," she said.

Mrs Foster said people must be prepared for clusters of coronavirus cases as lockdown continues to ease.

"It is fair to say that there will be clusters across Northern Ireland and we don't want that to come as a surprise when it happens," she said.

"If we manage our social distancing and the public health advice, then we will minimise the risk of those clusters happening."

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