In welcome news for the leisure sector, more venues will be able to reopen from Saturday 15th August. The easing of measures will see venues, including bowling alleys, casinos, skating rinks, and soft play centres welcoming visitors for the first time since March.
Small weddings with a reception for up to 30 guests, live indoor performances, and additional beauty treatments will all now be possible under the new guidelines. Discussing the changes, Boris Johnson said he hopes the easing of measures will help people get back to work and enjoy things they have missed. He went on to say: “Most people in this country are following the rules and doing their bit to control the virus, but we must remain focused and we cannot be complacent. At every stage I have said our plan to reopen society and the economy is conditional and that it relies on continued progress against the virus.”
The new guidance will not apply to areas where local lockdown measures are in place, including Greater Manchester, parts of West Yorkshire and East Lancashire.
Alongside the new guidelines, the government has announced tougher fines for those failing to wear face coverings where it is mandatory, such as on public transport.
Fines of up to £10,000 are planned for those who continue to plan and host ‘illegal raves’, with the prime minister branding them “senseless”.