What is reopening today?

This was the reaction of George Cooke who runs a swimming academy in Solihull, when he found out his business could re-open after four months.

Meanwhile Paige Hickman, a beautician from Dudley said she is '50% really excited about re-opening and 50% really anxious'.

But she does feel the beauty industry has been 'harshly treated.'

Beauty salons, tattoo parlours, spas, and tanning salons can reopen from Monday but not all treatments will be able to be carried out.

Government guidance states that face waxing, eyelash treatments, make-up application and facials should not be provided because of the greater risk of Covid-19 transmission.

This weekend outdoor pools reopened, to be followed by the reopening of indoor gyms, pools and leisure facilities from July 25.

The announcement will allow millions of people to return to the physical activity they have been craving since the lockdown began.

Outdoor arts performances – including theatres, opera, dance and music – also resumed from this weekend, although audience numbers will be restricted and will be subject to social distancing rules.

Team sport returned, starting with cricket.



What is reopening and when?

  • Outdoor swimming pools from July 11

  • Beauticians, tattooists, spas, and tanning salons can reopen from July 13

  • Indoor gyms swimming pools and sports facilities from July 25

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