From indoor theatres to nightclubs and casinos – full list of businesses not reopening in July

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NIGHTCLUBS and casinos are among the businesses not allowed to reopen yet.

It’s bad news for Brits who are desperate for a night out after almost four months in lockdown.

Other businesses that have been told they can’t welcome back customers just yet include children’s soft play areas and exhibition and conference centres.

These venues will remain closed despite the government lifting lockdown measures for places like gyms, nail salons and swimming pools.

Outdoor theatres will also be allowed to reopen from July 11, with a pilot for indoor shows planned at a later date – although the government hasn’t said when.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden gave the green light for these businesses to reopen in stages this month in a boost for fitness buffs.

Outdoor pools and outdoor performances (including opera, theatre and music) will be allowed to reopen first, from July 11, with beauty salons, tattoo studios and tanning salons following from July 13.

Nail salons and massage parlours can also reopen from July 13.

Indoor gyms, indoor pools and indoor sporting facilities can then reopen from July 25, in a boost for fitness buffs.

Mr Dowden said in a statement: “Our culture, heritage and arts are too precious to lose. That’s why we’re protecting venues like theatres from redevelopment if they fall on hard times.

“We are also giving further clarity on restart dates in our roadmap back to performance.

“From July 11 we can all enjoy performances outdoors with social distancing and we are working hard to get indoor audiences back as soon as we safely can, following pilots.”

Gyms groups have already announced a raft of changes for customers, including screens around treadmills and shorter workout times.

Last month, indoor theatres were told they’d have to follow a five point phase like Premier League football to get performances going again.

This includes limiting audience numbers and socially distanced rehearsals.

The latest changes come after Mr Johnson lifted restrictions for other venues including pubs, restaurants, cinemas and hairdressers on July 4.

Non-essential shops were allowed to reopen from June 15, following homeware stores on May 21.

The UK has been living in lockdown since March 23 after the government ordered all “non-essential” services and businesses to close.

The PM has already said that businesses must be Covid-19 secure before they reopen.

This includes staggering shift times, so people have less contact with their co-workers, and increased hand washing and cleaning regimes.

However, the government has previously warned how firms could be asked to close again if coronavirus cases start to spiral out of control.

Mr Johnson has already slashed the social distancing rule from two metres to “one metre plus” in a bid to help businesses reopen.

The rules announced today only apply to England – Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland set their own measures.

Nicola Sturgeon said today that gyms in Scotland would be allowed to reopen from July 31.

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