10 Apr 2020

Reminder: Closure of Tourist Accommodation during COVID-19

On 2 March, the government passed legislation (link: https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/sites/default/files/publications/health/Coronavirus-Restrictiions-Regs-2020.pdf) stating that holiday accommodation in Northern Ireland must close. There are a very limited number of circumstances when accommodation may remain open, such as housing key workers.

Further information is provided below.

The PSNI have advised that there will be increased patrols over Easter and they have enforcement powers which will be used if necessary.

We understand that Easter, in particular, is a time when families meet and travel, and this year is going to be difficult for many people. However it is vital that we all continue to stay safe and adhere to social distancing rules. Therefore we would ask for your help with this.

Tourist accommodation may only open in the following circumstances:

1) For any purpose requested by any Northern Ireland department, the Regional Agency, a health and social care trust or a district council. This will be managed by the relevant department and a letter of confirmation will usually be provided.

2) To provide accommodation or support services for the homeless.

3) If a person:

a. Is unable to return to their main residence.
b. Uses the accommodation as their main residence (i.e. a long term guest).
c. Needs accommodation while moving house.
d. Needs accommodation to attend a funeral.

Tourism NI’s Business Support Helpline remains open from Monday to Sunday, 9am – 5pm. Please call us on 028 9592 5313 with any questions. us on 028 95925313, lines open Monday to Sunday