31 Jul 2020

Reopening of casinos, bowling alleys and more postponed

The Prime Minister has postponed the further easing of lockdown restrictions in England following an increase in the number of cases of coronavirus, it has been announced.

Tomorrow (August 1) restrictions were set to be eased to allow the reopening of casinos, bowling alleys and ice rinks, as well as the return of close contact beauty services such facials and threading.

However, due to a rise in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases, this has been put on hold for at least another two weeks, Boris Johnson said today.

It is also expected to be announced that face coverings will become mandatory in more indoor settings including museums and cinemas. This is set to become lawful on August 8.

Today's postponement comes along side further lockdown restrictions being reintroduced in parts of Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire and Lancashire where covid cases have seen a spike. Separate households have been banned from meeting each other indoors.

In Leicester, where there has been a more draconian local lockdown, restaurants, cafes, bars, hairdressers, cinemas and museums will be allowed to reopen on Monday (August 3), although leisure centres, gyms and pools will remain closed.

Read the Prime Minister's full statement here

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