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Close contact services
Keeping workers and clients safe in close contact servicesSafe working guidance for people who provide close contact services, including hairdressers, barbers, beauticians, tattooists, sports and massage therapists, dress fitters, tailors and fashion designers.

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Hairdressers and barbers reopening checklist This checklist is a quick guide to support hairdressers and barbers reopening during Covid-19.

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Beauty salon reopening checklist This checklist is a quick guide to support beauty salons reopening during Covid-19.

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Shops and branches
Working safely during Covid-19Guidance for people who work in or run shops, branches, stores or similar environments.

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Retail reopening checklist This retailer pack is a quick guide to support shops and branches reopening during Covid-19.

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Licensed premises
Licensed premises reopening checklist This checklist is a quick guide to support licensed premises reopening during Covid-19.

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Restaurants, pubs & barsSafe working: guidance for food preparation or service setting where food and drink is sold for consumption at venues or for takeaway or delivery.

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Food businesses
Food safety for businessesGuidance for food businesses on Covid-19.

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Food safety advice for the consumerGuidance for consumers on Covid-19 and food.

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Food safety advice for community cooking and food banks Click here to download.
Food delivery and takeawayGuidance on food safety for food delivery and takeaway.

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Food shopping A quick guide to safe shopping.

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Guidance for food businesses undertaking a rapid shut-down during Covid-19 Click here to download.
Keeping workers and customers safe during Covid-19 in restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway servicesCovid-19 secure guidance for employers, employees and the self-employed.

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Advice for food manufacturersGood practice advice for food manufacturers.

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Soft play areas
Soft play areas NI guidance for soft play areas.

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Health and safety resources
Covid-19 workplace example risk assessment HSENI example workplace risk assessment.

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Workplace safety guidelines and social distancingWorkplace guidelines and measures to prevent the transmission of coronavirus.

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Health and safety in the workplace Health and safety advice and guidance for places of work.

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Safety in the workplace Click here to download.
Legionella guidance Click here to download guidance on buildings reopening.
Covid-19 signage for businessesLimiting the number of customers entering the shop.

Maintaining 2m distance when queuing outside and in the shop.

Keep a distance of 2m at all times.
Covid-19: frequently asked health and safety questionsClick here to download.
Additional helpful links
Public Health Agency Public Health Agency.
NI Direct Covid-19 NI Direct Covid-19
The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2021Covid-19 Legislation
Posters to download, print and display from the Public Health AgencySocial distancing poster.

Hand washing poster

Catch it, bin it, kill it poster.

Isolation poster.
SupportFurther information
The temporary 15% VAT cut for the tourism and hospitality sectors will be extended to 30 September 2021 . This aims to give businesses in the sector – which has been severely impacted by the pandemic – the confidence to maintain staff as they adapt to a new trading environment.Click here for more information.
The National Lottery Heritage Fund has resumed accepting small and medium project funding applications and launched an interest free loans pilot. Click here for more information.
Tourism Northern Ireland and Department for the Economy have issued guidance for safe working during Covid-19 for the visitor economy, hotels, accommodation, restaurants, pubs and restaurants.Click here for more information.
Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Tourism Forum will enable you to share ideas, useful information and find out more relevant information.Join now by emailing
Businesses operating within the visitor economy including accommodation, visitor attractions, restaurants and pubs, business conference and events venues and tour and coach operators are currently eligible to apply for the ‘We’re Good To Go’ industry standard. Once successfully registered, businesses will then receive a certificate and the ‘We’re Good To Go’ mark for display in their premises and online.Click here for more information.
The Business Support & Innovation Centre is offering the Retail, Hospitality and Tourism Sector a range of funded programmes. Up to 60 hours of mentoring support available from industry experts through InnovateUs and Invest NI Innovation Voucher Programmes.Click here for more information.
Further support and adviceTourism NI
NI Tourism Alliance
Hospitality Ulster
Northern Ireland Hotels Federation
Federation of Small Businesses

Online Business Resources

Retail Reopening Support

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