Wednesday, 28 Oct 2020

Gyms, nail bars, nightclubs and swimming pools still won't open

Indoor gyms, spas and casinos are among the list of businesses that will remain closed from July 4.

Boris Johnson has just announced the two-metre rule will be scrapped in favour of a new ‘one-metre plus’ measure as the lockdown is eased even further.

Pubs, restaurants, hotels, libraries and outdoor leisure facilities will reopen in what is being billed as Independence Day next month, but many businesses will legally have to remain closed.

Many elements of the beauty sector will stay shut, including spas, nail bars, tattoo parlours, beauty salons and massage parlours.

Businesses which include close proximity between households such as indoor gyms, soft play areas, spas, swimming pools and nightclubs will stay closed.

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Bowling alleys, water parks and casinos will also not be allowed to reopen.

Indoor sports and dance venues and skating rinks will stay closed – however, outdoor gyms will be allowed to reopen.

Addressing close proximity businesses such as nightclubs, Mr Johnson added that task forces with public health experts will help them reopen ‘as soon as possible’.

Theatres and concert halls may be allowed to reopen for recorded screenings, provided that they are Covid-secure and do not hold live performances.

Detailed sector-by-sector guidance will be published for businesses on how to reopen in a Covid-secure manner.

This may include introducing one-way systems, installing Perspex screens, spaced queuing, increased ventilation and staggering staff shift patterns.

Changes to coronavirus lockdown measures announced 23 June

  • Britain reopens: Pubs, haircuts and meeting your family allowed from July 4
  • Boris scraps two-metre rule as he announces new easing of lockdown
  • Pubs to re-open on July 4, Boris Johnson confirms
  • You will be able to visit family as two households allowed to meet indoors
  • Hairdressers allowed to reopen with PPE and visors
  • Staycations to hotels, B&Bs and campsites given green light

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