Latest information on COVID-19

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 that sell or provide food and/or drink for consumption on the premises. This must be at an ambient level indoors and dancing is not permitted. 

Table Service: Food/drink must only be ordered and consumed at your table.

Numbers at a table: No more than six persons (not including children aged 12 or under) must be seated at a table if those persons are from more than one household. Where those seated at a table are from one household or one bubble there may be a maximum of ten people seated at a table.

Moving around the premises: You are permitted to move around the premises to enter or exit, access a table, make a payment, access a buffet or a carvery, access and use toilet, baby changing or breast feeding facilities, or a smoking area. You are not permitted to move within the premises for any other reason e.g. to use snooker/pool tables, play darts etc.

Face coverings: You must wear a face covering (unless exempt) upon entering and exiting the premises, and any time that you leave your table e.g. to use toilet facilities. Staff who work in the public areas of the hospitality premises must wear a face covering, unless they are separated from members of the public by a partition.

Social distancing: A social distance of at least 1 metre is to be maintained by all staff and visitors during food/drink consumption on the premises.

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

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.