POLITICS
09/07/2020 17:17 BST | Updated 09/07/2020 19:02 BST

Beauty Salons, Spas And Tattooists Can Reopen On Monday July 13

Culture secretary says tanning salons and other close contact services can do the same.

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Culture secretary Oliver Dowden has announced beauticians, tattooists and tanning salons can reopen from Monday in the latest easing of the lockdown.

He told the Downing Street press conference on Thursday: “Having allowed hairdressers to reopen, beauticians, tattooists, spas, tanning salons and other close contact services can now do the same, I’m pleased to say, from Monday.

“Of course that will be subject to some restrictions on particularly high-risk services.”

He also revealed outdoor swimming pools in England are to begin reopening from Saturday, with indoor pools, gyms and other sports facilities to follow on July 25.

In the latest easing of lockdown restrictions, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has also published guidance to enable competitive grassroots team sports to resume, beginning with cricket this weekend.

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

Dowden said a change in planning rules will also mean theatres, concert halls and live music venues will be protected from demolition or change of use by developers, stopping those that have been made temporarily vacant during lockdown disappearing altogether.