The government has announced that leisure facilities and some beauty services in England will be allowed to reopen this month, but with some restrictions in place that will impact the hospitality sector.
Speaking yesterday at a briefing at No.10, culture secretary Oliver Dowden gave permission for pools, gyms and spas to reopen and urged people to ‘work out to help out’ as businesses struggle to get back trading profitably again.
Outdoor performances will also be able to resume with limited audiences.
From July 11, outdoor pools and outdoor theatres will be able to reopen.
Two days later on Monday July 13, spas, beauticians, tattooists, tanning salons and other close-contact services can reopen, subject to some restrictions on ‘particularly high risk services’.
Face waxing, sugaring or threading services, facials treatments, make-up application and eyebrow treatments will not be permitted.
Indoor gyms, swimming pools and sports facilities will be able to reopen from July 25.
Small trials of indoor performances, with socially distanced audiences, will also take place to help work out the best way for them to restart.
UKHospitality has welcomed the further reopening of parts of the hospitality sector, but also called on the government to ensure that those businesses not able to reopen are afforded more clarity on future reopening.
UKHospitality chief executive Kate Nicholls said: “The reopening of additional parts of the hospitality sector is great news. Health and leisure facilities, such as pools, spas and gyms are a major part of the appeal of the UK’s hotels and holiday parks. The reintroduction of sporting activities and live entertainment will be a boost right across the sector.
“For those businesses still not able to open fully, such as nightclubs, business events hosts and music venues, there must be a roadmap for reopening these businesses accompanied by Government support which ensures that none fall through the gaps in the meantime.
“Much of the focus has been on restaurants and pubs reopening, but there have been many other parts of our sector waiting for the nod to reopen. This will bring more people back into work and off furlough. It is another very positive step forward for our industry.”