Lastest updates for events, useful links to tourism and business advice
Updated: Thursday 2 July 2020
**ARDS AND NORTH DOWN BOROUGH COUNCIL UPDATE - EVENTS CANCELLED UNTIL 30 NOVEMBER 2020**
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Ards and North Down Borough Council has made the difficult decision to cancel all Council events until 30 November 2020 in line with Government and Public Health Agency advice.
Existing permissions granted to external organisations to hold events on Council land have also been suspended until the end of August - a decision that will be kept under review.
The Chief Executive of Ards and North Down Borough Council, Stephen Reid, said:
"All of these decisions have been made in the best interests of public health and wellbeing. A lot of time, preparation and money goes into organising events so it's particularly important for us to give clear direction as early as possible."
"Third party requests to use council land for events has been suspended until at least 31 July 2020, this will also be kept under review. If Government guidelines change, particularly in relation to social distancing, Council will reconsider suspended bookings for July and August."
The Council will be focusing its efforts on developing a recovery plan in collaboration with key partners. This plan may include the organisation of a number of smaller events throughout the summer should Government guidelines change. The focus of these will be to help rebuild communities, the economy and the high street.
For further information on Council services, visit ardsandnorthdown.gov.uk.
The Food Standards Agency - to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak The Food Standards Agency has published guidance to assist food businesses.
Find out more on Food Standards website
Ards and North Down Borough Council - if you are a local company and have arrangements in place to help people access food or medicines please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and someone will contact you to get the details so we can share your information.
View the current directory of services on the main Council website
There is also advice available for temporary food delivery or collection services during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Find out more on the main Council website
Tourism NI are providing regular updates and the latest advice for tourism businesses, including webinars on handling the current situation - check the Tourism NI website for all the information.
TNI Business Support Helpline
A dedicated telephone line service and online enquiry facility for the tourism industry. We strongly encourage you to get in touch with any queries that you have, and Tourism NI will work to get you the answers you need.
Please call 028 9592 5313, lines open Monday to Sunday 9am-5pm. Outside of these hours please submit an online query via the Tourism NI website contact us form
Useful links on the Tourism NI Business Support and Advice online centre:
Employment Law (Including JRS and Self-employment schemes)
Tourism Industry Updates
General Business Updates