14 Aug 2020

England: Further restrictions lifted tomorrow

Remaining aspects of England’s culture, sport, leisure and business sectors will be permitted to reopen from this weekend.

The plan set out in the ‘roadmap to recovery’ which was paused for two weeks will resume from tomorrow (Saturday, August 15) in England – except for specific areas where local restrictions are in place.

The following activities will be allowed to resume in England:

  • Indoor play and indoor soft play, bowling alleys, skating rinks and casinos will be permitted to reopen.
  • Beauty salons, tattoo studios, spas and barbers across England will be able to offer all close contact services – including front of the face treatments such as eyebrow threading, eyelash treatments and facials from tomorrow under new guidance
  • Indoor theatres, music and performance venues will be able to reopen with socially distanced audiences under updated performing arts guidance published by the Government.
  • Wedding receptions in the form of a sit-down meal in a Covid-secure location for up to 30 guests will now be permitted.
  • The piloting of a small number of sporting events to test the safe return of spectators will resume from August 15 with a view to reopening competition venues for sports fans, with social distancing measures in place from 1 October. This will commence with the final of the World Snooker Championship at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre during 15-16 August, with a full pilot programme to follow.
  • A number of pilots will now take place at event venues across the country to help plan how best to restart indoor business events and implement social distancing practices. Business events and conferences will be permitted to resume from October 1 provided rates of infection remain at current levels.

Read the Government's full statement here



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