Guidance View all Briefings Latest Government Guidelines in Northern Ireland Latest government guidance for participating in creative activities in Northern Ireland. Restrictions in Northern Ireland mean that you must stay at home apart from a number of essential reasons, including essential shopping, work and care. The current regulations are in place until 6 February 2021, but will be reviewed on 21 January. During this time it is not permitted for indoor gatherings to take place but up to 6 people from a maximum of 2 households can meet outdoors while maintaining social distancing measures. Most cultural venues are closed, though theatres and concert halls are permitted to open for rehearsals or a live recording without an audience. There is no specific differentiation between professional and non-professional rehearsals in the guidelines provided. During this period, remote and digital activities can continue and groups can take steps to plan for a safe return to certain activities as and when restrictions are eased further in the future. See the latest guidelines for other nations.