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Northern Ireland hotels may get green light to reopen but bars and restaurants could be kept closed to save Christmas

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PLANS to reopen bars and restaurants on Friday look set to be pushed back two weeks amid fears of a coronavirus resurgence that would cancel Christmas.

The Executive is due to make an announcement on extending restrictions tomorrow, but NewryNet understands hotels could be made exempt, with food and drink facilities open to guests.

Government sources told this newspaper that the current rate of Covid-19 deaths – yesterday saw the highest since the latest lockdown was introduced – coupled with increased hospital admissions had “wrecked” any prospect of a free-for-all Friday on November 13.