Pantos can go ahead this year, but the Health Minister says children shouldn't attend.
Stephen Donnelly says visiting Santa is allowed.
These comments have led to much confusion among the industry preparing to take to the stage in a matter of days.
Panto producer Alan Hughes says he's baffled by the latest update:
"It sounds like an absolute Panto, you couldn't write it, you really couldn't"
"I walked into rehearsals this morning, dancers, cast, and crew all just looked at me and said what's happening? I just said I don't know because what I heard this morning - I'm just baffled - the only word is baffled"