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Sunday, 21 July 2024 – 08:40

Coronavirus: Restrictions to be eased further in England from Saturday

Bowling is back from Saturday, as are facials and some other activities and events that have been on hold due to Coronavirus restrictions in England. 

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that from Saturday 15 August, a variety of Coronavirus restrictions in England will be eased, including some that had been previously scheduled to be eased but then delayed due to fears about a rise in the number of Coronavirus cases.

From 15 August, the following changes will come into force in England, except in areas affected by local lockdown measures;

  • Bowling alleys, skating rinks, casinos and soft play centres will be allowed to reopen for the first time in months
  • Facials, eyebrow threading and other ‘close contact’ beauty services will be able to resume 
  • Indoor theatre, music and performance venues will be allowed to reopen, with audiences following strict guidelines including social distancing
  • Wedding reception meals for up to 30 guests will be allowed

The measures only apply in England in areas not affected by local lockdown measures – Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have the power to change restrictions at their own pace.

As well as the above changes, there will be the resumption of pilots at some sporting events to test the safe return of spectators and pilots will also take place at some conference venues.

Speaking about the easing of restrictions, Boris Johnson said;

“Today, we are able to announce some further changes which will allow more people to return to work and the public to get back to more of the things they have missed. However, as I have always said, we will not hesitate to put on the brakes if required, or to continue to implement local measures to help to control the spread of the virus.”

The easing of restrictions from Saturday sees even more parts of the economy reopening, with only a small number of venues such as nightclubs still not allowed to open at all. 

With restrictions being eased in some areas, the penalties for breaking other restrictions are though being stepped up. The Government has announced tougher enforcement measures and higher fines of up to £3,200 for those repeatedly not wearing face coverings where required to do so, while on the spot fines for hosting or helping to facilitate illegal gatherings are also set to be introduced.

The announcement on Thursday of the further easing of restrictions came as the government announced it was removing more countries from its travel corridor list, including France, the Netherlands and Malta, amongst others.

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