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Northern Ireland pubs get ready to reopen, but talk of 10pm curfew a blow to spirits

Following England's 10pm closing time after long shutdown will be mistake, says industry

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Doors open: Father and daughter publicans Ciara and Vincent Hurl toast the re-opening of the Crosskeys Inn, Co Antrim

Doors open: Father and daughter publicans Ciara and Vincent Hurl toast the re-opening of the Crosskeys Inn, Co Antrim

Doors open: Father and daughter publicans Ciara and Vincent Hurl toast the re-opening of the Crosskeys Inn, Co Antrim

The future of our hospitality industry "remains on a knife-edge", according to an industry expert as the Executive is expected to make an announcement on curfews this week.

A 10pm closing time is to be introduced in England from next Monday.

The announcement came as drink-only pubs here are set to reopen their doors for the first time in six months.