Government restrictions are slowly being lifted and Belfast is staying safe and staying local. Outdoor spaces such as parks and gardens are open, and outdoor sport has been able to resume. Restaurants, cafés and all retail businesses are also able to open for takeaway and click and collect services.
For upcoming easing of restrictions, here are some key dates you need to know:
From 23 April
- Outdoor visitor attractions can reopen
From 30 April
- All shops can reopen
- Pubs, cafés and restaurants can reopen outdoor eating and drinking (for six people from two households)
- Caravan parks and self-contained accommodation can reopen
- Curfews for off-sales and takeaways will be removed
- Outdoor gatherings can take place with up to 15 people from three households
From 24 May (please note, this is an indicative date)
- Restaurants, cafés and pubs can recommence indoor service
- All tourist accommodation will be permitted to reopen
- Indoor visitor attractions can reopen
For the latest government advice, go to nidirect.gov.uk.
Outdoor spaces such as parks, gardens, forest parks and beaches are open. Read our Spring Walks blog for inspiration, or follow walking trails in the city to discover public art and beautiful views. Only 10 people from two households are currently allowed to meet outside together.
Outdoor sport has resumed – that means golf courses have reopened and certain outdoor activity centres has opened for sports like mountain biking, open water swimming, archery, fishing and more. Discover outdoor sports in Belfast >>
All outdoor attractions will be able to open from 23 April. Opening times may be limited and advance booking may apply. Look out for more information coming soon!
Food & Drink
Restaurants are currently open for takeaway and delivery services only. Read our Belfast Restaurants and Takeaways blog for a full list of mouthwatering options for tonight’s dinner! Cafés are currently open for takeaway drinks and snacks, too.
From 30 April restaurants, cafés and pubs will be able to open for outdoor eating and drinking (for up to six people from two households). Pre-booking may be required and many places have opened their online booking already, so book a lot now! An indicative date of 24 May has been set for recommencing indoor food and drink service.
Shops & Retail
All shops are currently allowed to open for click and collect services, and many of Belfast’s independent retailers have online stores on their websites. Support local by purchasing from these Belfast’s businesses with online shopping and click and collect services.
From 30 April all retail will be able to reopen! Please remember to stick to social distancing guidelines will shopping, and if you need some inspiration for your first shopping trip, read our guide to shopping in Belfast.
Accommodation & Hotels
Caravan parks and self-contained accommodation (such as holiday rental homes and self-catering apartments) can reopen from 30 April, though only one household will be permitted to stay together. An indicative date of 24 May has been given for hotels to reopen. Some accommodation businesses may be taking bookings now for when they reopen, so view all places to stay and get inspired for your next staycation.
Indoor Visitor Attractions
Indoor visitor attractions may be able to reopen from 24 May, though this is an indicative date only at this stage. Pre-booking may be required and opening times may be limited, so check with individual businesses for the most up-to-date information.
Information & Services
Translink’s Metro, Glider and NI Railway services continue to operate though reduced timetables may apply. Remember to wear a face mask and follow guidelines while travelling. Taxi services such as Value Cabs continue to operate 24/7, with protective screens and sanitising measures in place to keep passengers safe.
Visit Belfast Welcome Centre
The Visit Belfast Welcome Centre is due to reopen on 30 April with safety measures in place including a one-way system, hand sanitising stations and contactless payment where possible.