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Coronavirus: Northern Ireland retail shops to get go-ahead to reopen soon

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An almost deserted Royal Avenue in Belfast

An almost deserted Royal Avenue in Belfast

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An almost deserted Royal Avenue in Belfast

NON-ESSENTIAL retail stores are likely to be given the okay to re-open within the next week as Northern Ireland moves further out of lockdown.

However, there could still be a delay on relatives who do not live together meeting indoors amid concerns the coronavirus reproduction rate remains too high.

This is the only aspect of Step 1 in the Executive's five step recovery plan that has yet to be implemented.