Coronavirus rule changes: what you can and can’t do starting today when lidos reopen


Another Saturday, another radical set of rule changes on coronaviruses in England.Lidos, water parks, outdoor theaters and basic sports can resume from today, just one week after the reopening of pubs, hotels, hairdressers and restaurants on “Super Saturday”.

Other changes will come Monday, when beauty salons can reopen, and July 25, when indoor pools and gymnasiums are expected to get the green light.

But the rules of social distancing – staying two meters apart, or one meter with mitigation like a mask – still apply and the pandemic is not over.

As the “R” number approaches 1 in England, the WHO has warned that the coronavirus is still “accelerating” around the world.

Despite this, what changes from today? Here’s what you need to know.

What you can do in England from today

Travel to dozens of countries without quarantine when you return

The government’s 14-day general quarantine order on arrivals to the UK was lifted yesterday.

But only if you arrive in England (not in Scotland or Wales), and only for arrivals from specific countries.

The full list of countries where you can travel without quarantine is here.

Go to the lido or the water park

Outdoor pools and water parks are allowed to reopen from today in England.

The same goes for outdoor hot tubs, hydrotherapy pools, hot tubs and jacuzzis.

Timed reservations will reduce the number of people using a pool at the same time – and people will be encouraged to shower and change at home.

Operators will be asked to ensure that an appropriate number of people are in a pool at all times – to allow three square meters per swimmer.

Watch a basic football game… once the sport is approved by the government

The government has given the green light to the return of mass sport – starting with cricket from July 11.

But it must be an organized team sport, and each individual sport must submit an action plan and related directives to the government before it can start again.

This includes collecting information about participants in both training and matches to support Test and Trace.

All players, officials, volunteers and spectators should undergo a self-assessment for any symptoms of Covid-19.

Clubs must strictly limit the time spent assembling on a site before the start of a match.

Players must arrive changed and ready to warm up, which limits the time spent waiting around or in the locker room.

And basketballs, cricket balls, and soccer balls may need to be cleaned regularly, just like every time they go out of play.

Go to an outdoor theater

Theaters, operas and dance troupes in England can resume outdoor performances from this Saturday.

It will allow the Glyndebourne Opera Festival to continue this year – with the Minack Theater in Cornwall.

But a catastrophe is looming for the West End of London after the government has not given a date for the resumption of indoor shows.

Instead, the industry will pilot “a number of small indoor performances with a socially distant audience” to help develop a plan for reopening.

The theaters will be forced to operate at reduced capacity with only limited tickets – all of which must be purchased online.

Venues should have social distance markings, deep cleaning of auditoriums, and long enough spaces between shows for deep cleaning.

Only professionals can sing or play brass or wind instruments in front of an audience.

What you can’t do yet

Get together in large groups or hug people outside your home

There are still limits to seeing family and friends in England.

Outdoors, gatherings should not include more than six people or two households, with appropriate social distancing.

Inside, gatherings should not include more than two households – again, with appropriate social distancing.

The exception is if you are part of two households in an exclusive “support bubble”. If so, you can hug and kiss and you are essentially “one household”.

This applies in pubs as well as in private homes, but it is a guideline, not the law. The law only prohibits gatherings of more than 30 people.

Visit the following locations that will open later in July

  • Beauty salons (July 13)

  • Tattoo Studios (July 13)

  • Tanning salons (July 13)

  • Massage parlors (July 13)

  • Manicure salons (July 13)

  • Basic sports (July 13)

  • Indoor gymnasiums (July 25)

  • Indoor pools (July 25)

  • Indoor sports facilities (July 25)

Visit the following locations that do not yet have a reopening date

  • Indoor theaters or concert venues for live shows (outside of a pilot program)

  • Discos, dance halls, discos

  • Casinos

  • Sex entertainment and hostess bars

  • Bowling lanes

  • Indoor play areas, including soft play areas

  • Exhibition halls or conference centers must remain closed for events such as exhibitions or conferences, other than those working for the company or organization that manages the place.

Take public transport without a mask

People in England can still be fined up to £ 80 if they don’t wear a face covering on public transport.

In fact, with the new one meter plus mitigation rule, wearing a covering has become even more essential.

The government has made a law to wear them on all trains, buses, trams, ferries and planes to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

Covering the mouth and nose in this way reduces the risk of virus transmission from asymptomatic carriers – people who are infected but have no symptoms.

DIY face covers can be used, even scarves or masks made of fine fabric.

British transport police can still fine anyone who does not wear a mask for £ 80.


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