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Close contact services
Keeping workers and clients safe in close contact services
e.g hairdressing , barbering, beauty therapy, tattooing, body piercing, nail technicians, massage therapy, acupuncture etc
Safe working guidance for people who provide close contact services, including hairdressers, barbers, beauticians, tattooists, sports and massage therapists, dress fitters, tailors and fashion designers.

Click here to download safe working guidance.

Click to access relevant guidance
Covid-19 checklist template for providing close contact services and ventilation guidanceThis template will assist in the development of Covid -19 measures where close contact services are provided
Click to access relevant guidance on Covid -19 measures
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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Licensed premises
Tourism and Hospitality businesses including
• Hotels
• Accommodation
• Restaurants, Cafes
• Pubs and bars
• Attractions and venues
Covid-19 Guidance for Tourism and hospitality businesses
Click to access relevant guidance for Tourism and hospitality businesses
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.

Click here to download safe working: guidance.
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 safety advice.
Food delivery and takeawayGuidance on food safety for food delivery and takeaway.

Click here to download guidance on food safety for food delivery and takeawa.
Food shopping A quick guide to safe shopping.

Click here to download a quick guide to safe shopping.
Guidance for food businesses undertaking a rapid shut-down during Covid-19 Click here to download guidance for food businesses undertaking a rapid shut-down.
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.

Click here to download secure guidance for employers, employees and the self-employed.
Advice for food manufacturersGood practice advice for food manufacturers.

Click here to download good practice advice for food manufacturers.
Soft play areas
Soft play areas NI guidance for soft play areas.

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Health and safety resources
Covid status certification – Answers to Frequently Asked QuestionsCovid Status Certification for entry into relevant settings –Frequently Asked Questions
Click to access relevant Covid status certification guidance
Covid-19 workplace example risk assessment HSENI example workplace risk assessment.

Click here to download HSENI example workplace risk assessment. .
Template – Premises Covid-19 Written Plan for Covid Status checks This template document can be used to produce a written statement describing the system in place to check a person’s covid status at relevant events/premises.
Click to download premises Covid-19 Written Plan for Covid Status checks
Workplace safety guidelines and social distancingWorkplace guidelines and measures to prevent the transmission of coronavirus.

Click here to download workplace safety guidelines and social distancing.
Health and safety in the workplace Health and safety advice and guidance for places of work.

Click here to download health and safety in the workplace .
Safety in the workplace Click here to download Safety in the workplace.
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 Covid-19: frequently asked health and safety questions.
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 on temporary VAT cut.
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 on The National Lottery Heritage Fund.
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 on guidance for safe working.
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 on We’re Good To Go.
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 on funded programmes.
Further support and adviceTourism NI
NI Tourism Alliance
Hospitality Ulster
Northern Ireland Hotels Federation
Federation of Small Businesses

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