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Serve you right: Here's what to expect as pubs reopen in Northern Ireland after Covid-19 lockdown

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John Bittles of Bittles Bar, Belfast

John Bittles of Bittles Bar, Belfast

Freddie Parkinson

Muriel Gamble of Lurgan Golf Club

Muriel Gamble of Lurgan Golf Club

Freddie Parkinson

Joe Webb outside Pretty Mary’s, Moira

Joe Webb outside Pretty Mary’s, Moira

Freddie Parkinson

The Oyo Parador Lodge's manager Peter Murray with owner Paul Blaney

The Oyo Parador Lodge's manager Peter Murray with owner Paul Blaney

Plenty of space: Downshire Arms Hotel, Banbridge

Plenty of space: Downshire Arms Hotel, Banbridge

Lesa McCann of the Cellar Bar and Lounge in Lurgan is getting ready for reopening

Lesa McCann of the Cellar Bar and Lounge in Lurgan is getting ready for reopening

John Bittles of Bittles Bar, Belfast

Publicans across Northern Ireland are putting precautions in place before bars and restaurants reopen next Friday. Ralph Hewitt hears their stories.

Pubs, restaurants and hotels across Northern Ireland are hurriedly preparing for Friday's much-anticipated reopening. But customers will have to brace themselves for a very different type of atmosphere.

With strict table service in place and reservations a must, gone are the days of propping up the bar. It is not yet known if sport can even be shown in pubs.