Oliver Dowden has confirmed that gyms can finally reopen to the public on July 25 after being closed since March due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Culture Secretary also confirmed that as of THIS weekend, artists and musicians can also now play to a live outside audience.
And he said that from Monday 13, tattoo parlours, beauty salons and tanning shops can reopen their doors to customers. Indoor pools and sports facilities will soon follow.
Then, he said that on July 11, live theatre performances will also be allowed again with reduced venue capacity and electronic ticketing.
When things will reopen
- Outdoor pools will be able to re-open on 11 July
- Outdoor theatres will be able to start up from this Saturday
- Indoor gyms, swimming pools and sports facilities will then be able to re-open from 25 July
- Grassroots sport will be able to return from this coming weekend, beginning with cricket
- Small pilots of indoor performances with socially distanced audiences will also take place to help work out the best way to get them up and running
There will be “enhanced cleaning” at gyms, pools and other facilities set to reopen, Mr Dowden says.
The return of recreational sport is a “vital part” of the fight against coronavirus, he argues, as people must get “match-fit” to reduce the risks to health.
More to follow.