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Beer we go: NI pubs reopen but revellers urged to be sensible and not overdo it

Hospitality trade across NI excited but apprehensive as pubs and hotels finally throw open their doors to customers again

Northern Ireland's publicans are getting ready to toast the reopening of their licensed premises, but eager punters have been warned not to overdo it when the liquor starts flowing after a three-month Covid-19-enforced hiatus.

The relaxation of restrictions is a sign that life is starting to return to normal again - albeit a new normality that requires at least the one metre social distance rule to be respected.

Although the R-number measuring the rate of transmission is now below one - and as low as 0.3 by some calculations - there are new rules to follow too.