It was announced that, effective 16 August, individuals in Northern Ireland who are fully vaccinated will no longer need to quarantine for 10 days if someone they have been in contact with tests positive for Covid-19.
Instead of quarantining, they must take a PCR test on days two and eight of what would have been their 10-day quarantine period.
The Northern Ireland government re-emphasised the importance of people getting fully vaccinated. They stated that a 1% increase in vaccine uptake will reduce the number of cases and hospital admissions by around 10%. The government added that if the 85% of adults vaccinated is increased to 90%, then the number of cases and hospital admissions would be reduced by around half.
The announcement also stated that conference centres can reopen, welcoming the return of conferences and exhibitions to Northern Ireland.
In response to the news, Visit Belfast chief executive, Gerry Lennon (pictured), said: “This announcement means that we can now put in place plans to welcome £79.6m (USD$109.4) of national and international conference business to Belfast through to 2028.
Lennon added: “Belfast is now regarded as a world-class conference destination, thanks to multi-million-pound investments by the public and private sectors in the city’s venues, hotels and conference infrastructure. The success of the destination is also down to a strong team ethos that sees Visit Belfast, funded by Belfast City Council and Tourism NI work in close partnership with the industry to attract major business events to Belfast and Northern Ireland.”
From September to the end of this year, 16 conferences from the UK, Ireland and Europe are scheduled to take place in Belfast, worth an estimated £5m to the local economy.
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