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As of Saturday, August 15, a number of UK businesses are being allowed to reopen. For the first time in months, beauty salons will be able to offer a full range of treatments. Other leisure businesses will also be able to welcome customers once again.
What lockdown rules are changing from August 15?
On August 15 a number of businesses will finally be allowed to reopen, including casinos, bowling alleys, skating rinks and soft play centres.
Indoor theatre, music and performance venues will also be allowed to reopen, providing social distancing measures can be put in place for audiences.
Some aspects of the beauty industry were authorised to reopen earlier this summer, but “close-contact” services could not resume.
However from August 15 these services, which includes treatments like eyebrow threading and facials, will be allowed to resume in-line with COVID-19 guidelines.
There will also be changes to weddings, with sit-down meals of up to 30 guests at wedding receptions also now permitted.
Pilots will now also be able to go ahead at conference venues, with the expectation being business events will be able to resume from October 1 at the earliest.
Pilots will also be carried out to determine whether spectators can safely return to sporting events.
Although the Government is relaxing lockdown measures on August 15, stronger punishments are being introduced for people not abiding by social distancing rules.
The fines for repeatedly not wearing face coverings where required will be significantly increased in the coming weeks.
In addition, on the spot fines for hosting or facilitating illegal gatherings of more than 30 people will also be introduced.
From August 15 the Government has also removed a number of countries from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO)’s list of nations exempt from advice against non-essential travel.
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When will nightclubs open?
Although many businesses will be allowed to reopen from August 15, nightclubs will remain closed for the time being.
The Government has not yet deemed the coronavirus situation in the UK safe enough for nightclubs to reopen.
The Government’s update states: “Nightclubs, dance halls, and discotheques, as well as sexual entertainment venues and hostess bars, remain closed in law.”
A date for when nightclubs can reopen has not yet been set.
But earlier this year the Government issued a 50-page ‘roadmap’ out of the UK lockdown.
Within this document the Government explained businesses “whose core purpose is social interaction (such as nightclubs)” will only be able to reopen significantly later in the roadmap.
When these businesses will be able to reopen is dependent “on the reduction in numbers of infections”.
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