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An almost deserted Royal Avenue in Belfast, as Covid takes its toll on the retail sector

An almost deserted Royal Avenue in Belfast, as Covid takes its toll on the retail sector

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An almost deserted Royal Avenue in Belfast, as Covid takes its toll on the retail sector

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.