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Pubs, restaurants and shops in Northern Ireland can open on July 20 as coronavirus lockdown rules to be eased to save economy


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Nico Simeone, owner of 'Six by Nico'

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Economy Minister Diane Dodds

Economy Minister Diane Dodds

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NORTHERN Ireland's moves out of lockdown are to be accelerated with pubs and restaurants expected to be trading by July 20 - at the latest.

And all non-contact retail could reopen within a week as the fast-tracking of our return to normality from coronavirus mirrors that of moves announced by the Irish government.

A meeting of the Stormont Executive tomorrow will see DUP Economy Minister Diane Dodds argue for a reduction in the current two-metre social distancing rule to boost business.