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'When lockdown began three months ago the Executive recognised that key workers on the frontline fighting the coronavirus pandemic needed to be able to relax on their downtime and hence off-licences were deemed suitable to remain open'

'When lockdown began three months ago the Executive recognised that key workers on the frontline fighting the coronavirus pandemic needed to be able to relax on their downtime and hence off-licences were deemed suitable to remain open'

'When lockdown began three months ago the Executive recognised that key workers on the frontline fighting the coronavirus pandemic needed to be able to relax on their downtime and hence off-licences were deemed suitable to remain open'

When lockdown began three months ago the Executive recognised that key workers on the frontline fighting the coronavirus pandemic needed to be able to relax on their downtime and hence off-licences were deemed suitable to remain open.

The result has been a bonanza for those outlets with more than £100m worth of alcohol being quaffed at home.

But overall consumption of drink has fallen by 35% showing the amount of trade lost by pubs, hotels and restaurants.

That is something which will please public health officials worried about the level of drinking here, even if publicans take a dimmer view.

Belfast Telegraph