The Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a further easing of lockdown measures across England but areas such as Greater Manchester must wait until infection rates start to fall

From this weekend, Bowling alleys, skating rinks and casinos to reopen for the first time as well as indoor play and soft play centres which comply with new Covid-19 Secure guidelines.

Beauty salons, tattoo studios, spas, barbers across England will be able to offer all close contact services and treatments.

Wedding receptions for up to 30 people to resume – and indoor performances with socially distanced audiences will recommence while sports and business events pilots to resume

Meanwhile The Government has announced a series of tough new enforcement measures targeting the most serious breaches of social distancing restrictions.

Fines for repeatedly not wearing face coverings where mandated will be significantly increased in the coming weeks, and on the spot fines for hosting or facilitating illegal gatherings of more than 30 people will be introduced.

Fines will double to a maximum of £3,200 for those who repeatedly flout face covering rules while fines for organising or hosting illegal gatherings could be as high as £10,000

The piloting of a small number of sporting events to test the safe return of spectators will resume from August 15 with a view to reopening competition venues for sports fans, with social distancing measures in place from 1 October. This will commence with the final of the World Snooker Championship at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre during 15-16 August, with a full pilot programme to follow.

Indoor theatres, music and performance venues will be able to reopen with socially distanced audiences under updated performing arts guidance published by the Government. This follows a successful series of pilots and marks stage 4 of the government’s 5-stage roadmap for the return of professional performing arts.


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