What is reopening as England's lockdown eases further on Saturday?

  • ITV News Presenter Rageh Omaar explains the lockdown changes

Theatres, casinos and bowling alleys will be allowed to reopen in England from this weekend as the government resumes its easing of lockdown restrictions.

From Saturday August 15 socially distanced audiences will be allowed back into indoor venues, while wedding receptions of up to 30 people will also be permitted.

The plan had been put on pause earlier in the month, as Boris Johnson put the brakes on plans to lift restrictions. None of the changes will apply to areas under local lockdowns.

It comes as new powers were introduced in the country to tackle those who refuse to adhere to face covering regulations.

Here's a rundown of what will change:

Can I go to the theatre again?

Audiences will be able to return to indoor theatre performances and music venues, except in locations such as Manchester where additional restrictions have already been imposed.

Under the new government guidelines, such venues will have to operate at a reduced capacity and limit ticket sales to ensure distancing can be maintained inside.

There could also be increased delays between performances as venues will be required to undertake “deep cleans” before the next audience arrives.

Those on stage will also have to keep to social distancing rules.

The Sondheim Theatre, which usually shows the Les Miserables musical Credit: Victoria Jones/PA

Are sports venues going to reopen?

The government said it will resume plans to pilot a small number of sporting events in order to test the safe return of larger crowds.

This will begin with the final of the World Snooker Championship at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre on Saturday and Sunday.

If venues are able to successfully keep fans socially distanced, sports arenas could reopen to supporters from October 1.

How about weddings?

Wedding receptions for up to 30 guests will be allowed from Saturday - but only in the form of a sit-down meal in a location that adheres to Covid-19 guidelines.

Ceremonies remain capped at no more than 30 people and should be kept “as short as reasonably possible”, the government said.

Weddings have looked a little different since the pandemic. Credit: PA

What will change for barbers and beauty salons?

Tattoo studios, beauty salons, spas and hairdressers will all be able to offer additional services from Saturday, including front of face treatments such as eyebrow threading.

Workplaces must still remain Covid-19 secure, with regular cleaning and hand washing taking place.

What else is going to reopen?

Casinos, skating rinks, bowling alleys, and indoor play areas will be allowed to open their doors to customers for the first time since the lockdown was imposed.

The Betting and Gaming Council has welcomed the move for England, but has urged Scotland and Wales to follow suit, claiming many casinos "are on the brink".

Nightclubs, dance halls and sexual entertainment venues will remain closed.