It was announced that, effective 16 August, individuals in Northern Ireland who are fully vaccinated will no longer need to quarantine for 10 days if someone they have been in contact with tests positive for Covid-19.
Instead of quarantining, they must take a PCR test on days two and eight of what would have been their 10-day quarantine period.
Other relaxations include the removal of social distancing on public transport alongside any limit to the number of individuals on a table.
The announcement also stated that conference centres can reopen, welcoming the return of conferences and exhibitions to Northern Ireland.
The Northern Ireland government re-emphasised the importance of people getting fully vaccinated. They stated that a 1% increase in vaccine uptake will reduce the number of cases and hospital admissions by around 10%. The government added that if the 85% of adults vaccinated is increased to 90%, then the number of cases and hospital admissions would be reduced by around half.