A loyalist band has sent a letter to the Parades Commission saying that it is to proceed with a planned march on July 13 after being told it couldn't go ahead due to lockdown restrictions.
Writing on behalf of Coleraine's Pride of the Bann Flute Band, loyalist blogger Jamie Bryson said that the Covid-19 regulations did not prohibit parading, as it is not mentioned in the legislation.
As July 12 falls on a Sunday this year, the main parades were originally scheduled to take place on the Monday.
The band's application said that two bands and 80 participants would be involved.
The Parades Commission said that the majority of parade organisers withdrew their applications amid the coronavirus pandemic, but a number of others did not agree to do the same.
This came after Dervock Flute Band wrote to the commission, insisting that the body cannot legally order it to withdraw its application, claiming it must instead issue a determination.
In the Pride of the Bann's letter, Mr Bryson said that the commission had told the band that its 11/1 notice, informing it of its intention to march, had not been processed as under the lockdown rules parades were not allowed.
"The regulations do not prohibit parading; parades are not mentioned at all within the regulations," he said. "The commission in any event are not a designated authority under the regulations and accordingly have no legal role in the enforcement of same.
"As I understand it, the commission has already been informed of this, rather robustly, by the Attorney General's office in relation to another band which I represent."
He added that Pride of the Bann had satisfied its statutory notification obligation and the commission had no legal power to refuse a notification.
"Please take notice that as the band discharged their notification obligations, they will be proceeding with their procession (with appropriate social distancing measures) as they are lawfully entitled to do so, save for any determination under Section 8, having satisfied the statutory obligation set out at Section 6 of the 1998 Act," he said.
The Parades Commission said: "Under Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020 parades are not permitted at this stage.
"In addition, gatherings are restricted (under Regulation 6) with outdoor gatherings restricted to 10 people who are not members of the same household.
"The commission has received notifications for parades on July 11-13, with the majority of organisers subsequently withdrawing their notifications.
"However, a number of organisers of band parades have not agreed to withdraw their notifications.
"They have been informed that their notifications have not been processed, with information copied to the PSNI.
"All organisers have been advised to submit new notifications when the regulations are updated, which will provide a clearer understanding of what public health restrictions may apply."