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Beer we go: Thirsty Northern Ireland punters drinking takeaway pints outside pubs... and some bars may be allowed to open earlier if they've big beer gardens


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Lazy summer days: Punters enjoy drinks next to Daft Eddy's Bar & Restaurant, Sketrick Island, Killinchy, Co Down

Lazy summer days: Punters enjoy drinks next to Daft Eddy's Bar & Restaurant, Sketrick Island, Killinchy, Co Down

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Lazy summer days: Punters enjoy drinks next to Daft Eddy's Bar & Restaurant, Sketrick Island, Killinchy, Co Down

Lazy summer days: Punters enjoy drinks next to Daft Eddy's Bar & Restaurant, Sketrick Island, Killinchy, Co Down

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People drinking on the steps of the Custom house at Custom house square in Belfast City Centre.. Picture Colm O'Reilly Sunday Life 30-05-2020

People drinking on the steps of the Custom house at Custom house square in Belfast City Centre.. Picture Colm O'Reilly Sunday Life 30-05-2020

PSNI officers move people drinking outside the Morning Star in Belfast city centre due to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions. Picture Colm O'Reilly Sunday Life

PSNI officers move people drinking outside the Morning Star in Belfast city centre due to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions. Picture Colm O'Reilly Sunday Life

Lazy summer days: Punters enjoy drinks next to Daft Eddy's Bar & Restaurant, Sketrick Island, Killinchy, Co Down

PUBS across Northern Ireland are not expected to reopen until August - but some may be allowed to open earlier if they have large beer gardens.

With Stormont coming under intense pressure from the hospitality industry to announce a restart date, Executive sources are predicting that it remains at least two months away.

This will be in the final and fifth stage of Northern Ireland's lockdown recovery plan.