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Changes from 24th May (this is subject to review on 20th May)

The return of indoor group exercise and training (numbers informed by venue); this also represents a return to indoor club training in squads – includes leisure centres, gyms, swimming pools, equestrian centres, venues relating to motor sports and activity centres.
• Social distancing
• Risk assessment to maximum capacity
• All contact details must be taken and retained
The full return of outdoor sport through the removal of;
• the limit of 15;
• the limit on squad training;
• the requirement for outdoor sport being permitted only for those affiliated to a Governing body or an organisation that regulates a sport or sporting activity;
• and the cap of 100 on competitive sporting events, and replace with an overall limit of 500 on all outdoor sporting events.

This will allow the more informal sporting events, such as 5-aside matches to take place up to 500 participants, with 500 spectators also.
Schools can resume extra-curricular activities, including indoor extra-curricular sports and outdoor inter-school sport fixtures.
Changes from 31st May
An indicative date of 31 May has been set for the return of competitive indoor sport (subject to risk assessment and appropriate mitigations).
Changes from 24th May

In relation to travel within the Common Travel Area* (CTA), which is currently subject to advice and guidance, the essential travel reasons requirement will be removed however the guidance on self-isolation has been retained. There are two new exemptions to this:
• visits to family and friends;
• those who have completed mandatory managed quarantine on arrival at a point of entry elsewhere in the CTA and travelled directly to NI.

Those exempt from self-isolation will be asked in guidance to take a pre-departure LFD test, and LFD tests and days 2 and 8 post arrival in NI.

At present, there is advice not to travel in or out of Northern Ireland except where it is essential to do so. The list of essential reasons to travel is published on NI Direct.

If you are arriving into Northern Ireland from within the Common Travel Area and you plan to remain here for at least 24 hours, public health advice is that you should self-isolate upon arrival for 10 days, unless you are exempt.

*UK, Republic of Ireland, Isle of Man and Channel Islands

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