Guidance View all Briefings Latest Government Guidelines in Northern Ireland Latest government guidance for participating in creative activities in Northern Ireland. The four-week 'circuit breaker' restrictions which began on 16 October were extended and are currently due to end at midnight on Friday 20 November. Plans have been announced for a staggered reopening of some businesses after 20 November. Under the current guidelines, gatherings are restricted to 15 people - either outdoors, with social distancing, or indoors (but not in a private home). There is no specific allowances or restrictions for leisure and cultural activities. The current guidelines state that: Indoor museums, galleries, visitor and other cultural attractions are not permitted to open. Outdoor attractions, such as parks can remain open. Community halls are allowed to remain open. Libraries are allowed to provide 'call and collect' services, and access to the internet. Theatres and concert halls are permitted to open for rehearsals or a live recording without an audience. Drive-in cinemas are allowed.