NIGHTCLUBS and casinos are among the businesses not allowed to reopen yet.
It’s bad news for Brits who are desperate for a night out after almost four months in lockdown.
Other businesses that have been told they can’t welcome back customers just yet include children’s soft play areas and exhibition and conference centres.
These venues will remain closed despite the government lifting lockdown measures for places like gyms, nail salons and swimming pools.
Outdoor theatres will also be allowed to reopen from July 11, with a pilot for indoor shows planned at a later date – although the government hasn’t said when.
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden gave the green light for these businesses to reopen in stages this month in a boost for fitness buffs.
What businesses CAN’T reopen?
THE following businesses have been told they can’t reopen yet:
- Indoor theatre
- Indoor play areas including soft-play
- Bowling alleys
- Exhibition or Conference Centres – where they are to be used for exhibitions or conferences, other than for those who work for that venue.
Outdoor pools and outdoor performances (including opera, theatre and music) will be allowed to reopen first, from July 11, with beauty salons, tattoo studios and tanning salons following from July 13.
Nail salons and massage parlours can also reopen from July 13.
Indoor gyms, indoor pools and indoor sporting facilities can then reopen from July 25, in a boost for fitness buffs.
Mr Dowden said in a statement: “Our culture, heritage and arts are too precious to lose. That’s why we’re protecting venues like theatres from redevelopment if they fall on hard times.
“We are also giving further clarity on restart dates in our roadmap back to performance.
“From July 11 we can all enjoy performances outdoors with social distancing and we are working hard to get indoor audiences back as soon as we safely can, following pilots.”
What businesses can reopen?
THE following businesses are able to to open again as long as they are Covid-19 secure:
- Outdoor pools (July 11)
- Outdoor performances – theatre, opera, dance, music (July 11)
- Beauty salons (July 13)
- Tattoo studios (July 13)
- Tanning salons (July 13)
- Massage parlours (July 13)
- Nail salons (July 13)
- Grassroot sports (July 13)
- Indoor gyms (July 25)
- Indoor pools (July 25)
- Indoor sports facilities (July 25)
But firms will have to meet certain requirements in order to welcome back customers.
- Limiting the number of people using the facility at any one time
- Reducing class sizes for gyms
- Limiting the number of people allowed in swimming pools
- Spacing out equipment or taking some out of service to maintain social distancing
- Introducing enhanced cleaning and providing hand sanitiser
- Considering floor markers and queue systems to help maintain social distancing
- Ensuring adequate ventilation
- Exercise or dance studios should have temporary floor markings where possible
- Customers and staff should be encouraged to shower and change at home wherever possible, although changing rooms will be available
Gyms groups have already announced a raft of changes for customers, including screens around treadmills and shorter workout times.
Last month, indoor theatres were told they’d have to follow a five point phase like Premier League football to get performances going again.
This includes limiting audience numbers and socially distanced rehearsals.
The UK has been living in lockdown since March 23 after the government ordered all “non-essential” services and businesses to close.
The PM has already said that businesses must be Covid-19 secure before they reopen.
This includes staggering shift times, so people have less contact with their co-workers, and increased hand washing and cleaning regimes.
However, the government has previously warned how firms could be asked to close again if coronavirus cases start to spiral out of control.
Mr Johnson has already slashed the social distancing rule from two metres to “one metre plus” in a bid to help businesses reopen.
The rules announced today only apply to England – Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland set their own measures.
Nicola Sturgeon said today that gyms in Scotland would be allowed to reopen from July 31.