Latest information on COVID-19

Proof of COVID Status 

Lisburn Castlereagh City Council wishes to make the public aware of the recent amendments to The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2021, to help control the spread of COVID-19.

In addition to existing legal requirements, the Northern Ireland Executive has introduced a requirement to provide ‘Proof of COVID Status’ to access a range of premises and events. The COVID Status requirement took effect from Monday 29th November 2021.

The Northern Ireland Executive has confirmed that the COVID Status/Passport requirement applies only to hospitality premises where intoxicating liquor is served and/or when bring your own (BYO) alcohol is permitted; and in certain other premises and venues as below.

Relevant premises and events include:

  • Events with over 10000 (all figures are simultaneous and include staff / performers / attendees)
  • Indoor Events with 500+
  • Outdoor Events with 4000+ where not all attendees are seated
  • Theatres
  • Concert halls
  • Cinemas
  • Indoor premises when used for the purposes of a performance, recording or rehearsal other than private dwellings
  • Premises used for the purposes of a conference or exhibition
  • Premises hosting a relevant event (other than exempt events as below)

Exempt events include:

  • A funeral ,marriage ceremony, civil partnership registration or reception or gathering relating to said events (other than where such gatherings are held in premises where intoxicating liquor may be consumed)

Exempt premises include:

  • Ports and Airports
  • Cross-border intercity rail service between Dublin and Belfast
  • Places of Worship during a service
  • Educational establishments other than where intoxicating liquor may be consumed

Exempt persons include:

  • A resident in tourist accommodation, except when in an area open to the public, where intoxicating liquor may be consumed
  • under 18s,
  • People employed at the premises/event,
  • People providing services when the premises is empty
  • People carrying out a public service function or essential repairs / maintenance

The Executive Office have stated that there may be a phased approach to implementation of the COVID status scheme therefore it could be extended to apply to unlicensed hospitality in the future.

 

Acceptable Proof of COVID status  

Proof of Vaccination

Certification in paper form (travel / domestic vaccine certificate or blue vaccine card issued at time of vaccination) that the person has completed a course of doses of an authorised vaccine with the final dose having been received at least 14 days before the relevant time accompanied with photographic ID.

Certification in electronic form (travel / domestic vaccine certificate apps) that the person has completed a course of doses of an authorised vaccine with the final dose having been received at least 14 days before the relevant time- with photographic ID.

Negative Lateral Flow Test

Certification by text or email through the NHS COVID-19 reporting app of a negative result of a lateral flow device test taken within 48 hours before the relevant time accompanied with photographic ID, or

On-site negative lateral flow device test, taken within 48 hours before the relevant time

Previous Positive Result

A valid notification of a positive result of a polymerase chain reaction test taken no earlier than 30 days, and no later than 180 days, before the relevant time- accompanied with photographic ID

All evidence above must include, or be accompanied by a document confirming the individuals name as stated in the evidence provided and photographic ID, to confirm the individual’s identity.

Further proof or COVID Status or exemptions can apply, such as participation within a Clinical Trial.

 

While this is a brief overview of the new regulations coming into effect on 29th November 2021, you can find further details on these and the current regulations within the links below:

https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/coronavirus-covid-19-regulations-and-guidance-what-they-mean-you

https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/sites/default/files/publications/health/covid-restrictions-guidance-29-November-21.pdf

Further guidance relating to the verifier app for venues can be found at:

https://www.tourismni.com/covid-19/practical-guidance-for-working-safely-during-covid-19/restrictions-update-guidance/

https://covid-19.hscni.net/covidcert-check-ni-mobile-app/

Guidance for venues can be found at: https://covid-19.hscni.net/covidcert-check-ni-guidance-for-venues-event-organisers/

 

Socialising/Dining out in Lisburn & Castlereagh - Everything you need to know

Here’s what to expect when visiting a licensed or non-licensed business (café/bar or restaurant) during the current COVID-19 regulations

Contact Tracing: To help with the Test, Trace and Protect your contact details must be collected by the venue and for every visitor over the age of 16. Please note, if your information is not provided in advance, it must be obtained at the time of the visit. The following details must be recorded:

            - Name
            - Telephone number
           - Date of visit
            -Time of arrival

Live music: Live music is now permitted at licensed and unlicensed hospitality businesses. 

Moving around the premises: You are now permitted to freely move around the premises, however it is recommended that movement is kept to a minimum. Face coverings must be worn when moving round the premises unless when dancing, eating or drinking. 

Face coverings: You are required to wear face coverings inside the hospitality premises except when dancing, eating or drinking. This means people will not need to wear a face covering when they are doing any of those activities. 

Social distancing: Current regulations do not require social distancing from 31 October in hospitality or nightclubs. However, social distancing remains strongly advised where possible.  

Government Guidance and FAQs

The NI Executive guidance is designed to limit the chances for coronavirus to spread in Northern Ireland.  It works in partnership with the Public Health Agency to deliver messages to keep us safe at this time.  To view the latest guidance please click the image below.

Northern Ireland Executive coronavirus guidance

Council support

Over the last six months the council has been working in partnership with its residents, community and voluntary groups and businesses to offer support to those who need it. The infographic below details some of the highlights that we have achieved together.

Business Guidance

To assist local businesses, we have guidance to further help businesses prevent the spread and also support those businesses with confirmed COVID-19 cases involving staff and/or customers. 

You can view the guidance online, or download it as a PDF.

Council Services

Our services are operating within the COVID-19 guidance.  If you would like to access information please click on the relevant link below

If you would like to contact us you can find our services details online at https://www.lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk/coronavirus/contact-details

Guidance on social distancing for blind and partially sighted people

RNIB NI, working in partnership with Guide Dogs NI, has developed guidance on social distancing for blind and partially sighted people in Northern Ireland. This guidance is designed to assist blind and partially sighted people to safely resume their lives within existing government and public health advice.
 
NI Guidance on Social Distancing if you are Blind or Partially Sighted addresses the needs of blind and partially sighted people specifically and covers a range of issues including guiding and mask wearing.

NI Guidance on Social Distancing if you are Blind or Partially Sighted (APDF)
NI Guidance on Social Distancing if you are Blind or Partially Sighted (Word)

NI Social Distancing Guidelines – how you can support Blind and Partially Sighted people  is aimed at raising awareness among the wider public and service providers and offers tips on how to support blind and partially sighted people to resume their everyday activities as society begins to emerge from lockdown. 

NI Social Distancing Guidelines - how you can support Blind and Partially Sighted people (APDF)
NI Social Distancing Guidelines - how you can support Blind and Partially Sighted people (Word)

The guidelines have been produced in conjunction with the Public Health Agency, Health and Social Care Board and Trust Sensory Support Teams. They are underpinned by current public health advice and Government guidance on COVID-19 and relevant infection prevention measures.