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THERE was a sense of preparation in the air as two well-known Belfast bars prepared to swing open their doors again.

The beer was carried across the street as The Harp Bar in the Cathedral Quarter and The Duke of York responded to the announcement that wet pubs could reopen.

Yesterday, an indicative date for them to begin trading was given for September 21. Colin Neill, Chief Executive of Hospitality Ulster, welcomed the news for pubs that do not serve food, providing circumstances allow it.

He said it will help secure "hundreds of businesses and thousands of jobs that have been hanging in the balance".

Mr Neill added: "This is such a vital step forward."

READY Bars' Jack helps out". Arlene Foster and Michelle O'Neill, joined at theExecutive briefing by Chief Scientific Adviser Prof Ian Young, justified the move to give an indicative date for wet pubs to reopen.

They said evidence suggests private social gatherings are more of an issue for rising infection rates than controlled environments with social distancing measures in place.

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READY Bars' owner Willie Jack helps out yesterday

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Sep 11, 2020
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