Coronavirus rule changes: what you can and can’t do from today as lounges fully reopen


Indoor theater, music and comedy shows may restart today, along with a host of beauty treatments after the new coronavirus lockdown restrictions are lifted.Threads and facial hair removal resume in England almost five months after their ban in an attempt to curb the spread of Covid-19.

Snooker fans return to the World Championship at The Crucible, Sheffield, to watch the final.

The measures were announced alongside plans to relax rules on businesses, including bowling alleys, ice rinks and casinos.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said: “The nation’s hard work to keep the virus under control means we can now make further cautious progress in recovery by allowing audiences to return for indoor performances. , to return to fans at sporting events and to reopen more Covid-19 secure leisure activities. companies.

“We all need to be vigilant, but today’s good news means these organizations can finally get started safely and we can enjoy more of the things we love as a nation.

“I have no doubt that they will work incredibly hard to keep their fans, customers and clients safe. ”

Here’s what you can – and can’t – do as of today as coronavirus lockdown rules are relaxed.

Host wedding receptions (quite small)

Wedding ceremonies have been allowed since July 4, but only for a maximum of 30 people – including the photographer.

But until this weekend, the happy couple were not allowed to celebrate their union in a traditional lap with friends and family.

The rules had been changed from August 1 in England to allow small, socially distant receptions for up to 30 people.

But the move was one of those postponed for at least two weeks by Boris Johnson.

Receptions can now take place for up to 30 people in the form of a “sit-down meal”.

Go see live theater and music performances, of sorts

Live entertainment venues will be allowed to reopen for the first time in months – but there are still some captures.

The maximum capacity of some rooms will have to be reduced to ensure compliance with social distancing rules. And they’ll need to deep clean regularly – including between performances if there’s more than one a day.

The guidelines say people should be seated, not standing – and recommends using booths, fences and screens between performers and the audience when possible.

He also states that rooms with balconies should keep the first 2 meters of empty seats, so that anyone who coughs and stammers in the cheap seats doesn’t infect the whole theater.

The biggest problem, especially for concerts, will be the ban on singing.

It is true, venues are urged to ensure that the public does not need to “be heard unduly” and to discourage “from singing to the sound of music or cheering, from refraining from playing. music or programs that encourage screaming ”.

The Equity Actors Union said, “While we welcome this news, the majority of live shows cannot reopen with a socially distant audience.

“Our members are still unemployed and in dire need of income support.”

Have eyebrow and face care

Spa treatments can take place from this Saturday
Spa treatments can take place from this Saturday

Salons have been banned from restarting close-contact beauty treatments such as eyebrow waxing and facials on one day’s notice, leaving customers disappointed.

And this despite the opening of the salons from July 4. The difference is that there is a higher risk of Covid-19 if you are face to face with someone.

From Saturday, these treatments can resume, including eyebrows, eyelashes, makeup applications and botox.

New rules require hairdressers and salon staff to wear surgical masks as well as transparent visors, following a change in scientific advice.

This also applies to workers who visit people at home, such as massage therapists.

See (some) sport live

Around 300 fans will be allowed into Sheffield’s Crucible Theater to watch the final of the World Snooker Championship which begins on Saturday.

The Championship became the first indoor sporting event in England to have crowds since the lockdown, allowing some supporters to participate in all three sessions on July 31.

However, they were deported the next day when a spike in coronavirus cases led the government to end its gradual easing of the lockdown.

The World Snooker said: “We are delighted to announce that a small crowd will be welcome at all sessions of the World Championship final on Saturday and Sunday. ”

Snooker was one of the pilot matches where fans were allowed to test the safe return of spectators at sporting events.

Ministers hope to allow a broader comeback, with social distancing rules in place, from October.

But getting back to normal with enthusiastic supporters crowded into the stadiums is still a long way off.

Children can return to soft play centers – but not to ball pits

The soft play centers will be authorized to reopen from this weekend.

But they will have to abide by a strict new set of rules.

They include hand sanitizing stations, one-way systems, reduced capacity, online booking, increased cleaning, and anti-bacterial mist.

Visitors over the age of 11 will be required to wear face masks – and children should remain socially distant and be supervised at all times.

And above all, the bullet pit is out. Loose play items like balls in ball pits will need to be removed as they are difficult to clean.

Ice skate or ten pin bowling – or go to the casino

Bettors can stick or twist at casino blackjack tables, demand a strike at ten pin bowling alleys, and slide on skates around rinks.

The sites were scheduled to reopen two weeks ago, but the lifting of restrictions was lifted at the last minute as infections mounted.

British ice skating tweeted yesterday: “The rinks in England may open from tomorrow.

” Yes! Let’s go get our #backontheice athletes. Thank you all for their support. ”

Hollywood Bowl said: “Following the latest directive from the UK government, we are pleased to announce the reopening of our English bowling centers on Saturday 15th August.

“Ten pin bowling is great fun whether you’re with family, friends or work colleagues.

“With state-of-the-art bowling alleys, delicious food and drink, and awesome arcades, we promise to keep everyone entertained.

… And which parts of the country will remain the most restricted for the time being?

The latest lockdown relaxations do not apply in “specific areas where local restrictions are in place.”

They include parts of Greater Manchester, Lancashire and West Yorkshire.

And a small chunk of businesses across the country are yet to remain closed, despite the further easing of borders this weekend.

Nightclubs, dance halls and discos must keep their doors closed, as well as “places of sexual entertainment”, such as strip clubs and hostess bars.

The risk of spreading Covid-19 in such places, where people are often in close proximity to others for long periods of time, means they are still considered too great a risk to reopen.

British Chambers of Commerce co-executive director Hannah Essex said: ‘As we move to the next stage in dealing with the pandemic, the government must set a clear path for the remaining businesses to reopen and take additional measures to revive the economy, allowing more businesses to rebuild successfully. ”


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