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Further Relaxing of Lockdown from 1st August

Beauty treatments will go ahead and leisure facilities can reopen, indoor gigs are allowed – but nightclubs must remain shut.

The Prime Minister has announced that from Saturday 1st August, beauty treatments and indoor performances will resume. New guidance published states that the Government will: “Enable all close contact services to resume, including any treatments on the face such as eyebrow threading or make-up application, working closely with the sector and public health experts to ensure this can be done as safely as possible and in line with COVID-19 Secure guidelines.”

The news comes after hairdressers, pubs and restaurants were able to reopen earlier this month. Those working in the beauty industry were left confused, and many campaigned for the rules to change. Now given the green light to return to work, the news will come as a relief to beauty professionals across the country, who have been preparing to reopen for weeks.

Leisure destinations that have had to remain closed have also been given the go ahead to open doors, as the Prime Minister said: “We will reopen most remaining leisure settings, namely bowling, skating rinks, casinos.”

Indoor performances with live audiences will be permitted, along with trials of larger gatherings in places like sports stadiums ‘with a view to a wider reopening in the autumn’. Nightclubs and soft play areas will remain closed and under review. Schools, nurseries and colleges will be open to children and young people on a full-time basis from September, with universities also working towards reopening.

Crowds will be able to re-enter stadiums across the country and businesses can host events such as conferences from October, but the PM stressed this would only be the case if done so in a ‘covid-secure way’ and subject to successful pilots.

“We will restart indoor performances to a live audience, subject to the success of pilots, and we will also pilot larger gatherings in venues like sports stadia with a view to a wider reopening in the autumn. We will also allow wedding receptions for up to 30 people. All of these measures for August 1 should be done in a Covid-secure way.”

ohnson stated that he is hoping for a ‘more significant return to normality by November’.

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