Tattoo studios to reopen next week as coronavirus lockdown rules are relaxed

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TATTOO studios are to reopen next week as the government confirmed the next stage of lockdown restrictions easing.

Studios will be able to reopen from Monday July 13, along with beauty and tanning salons.

From this weekend outdoor swimming pool can welcome customers, while gigs outside are also allowed.

Strict rules will be in place when business do reopen to make sure they keep the risk of spreading coronavirus as low as possible.

Rules tattoo studios will have to follow include operating a booking-only system.

An increase in the frequency of hand and surface washing.

Tattoo artists already wear gloves and follow safety laws including the cleaning of equipment as the industry is strictly regulated.

Local councils often visit shops and artists must have a licence to work.

Customers won’t be allowed to drink anything but water while getting a tattoo – and they can’t bring anything to consume with them.

Gyms, swimming pools and other indoor sports facilities are not allowed to reopen until July 25.

The government confirmed at the start of the month that gyms would be reopening at some point in July.

Outdoor gyms were allowed to reopen from July 4 but government scientists argued indoor gyms were seen as a high risk for spreading coronavirus.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson lifted restrictions for other businesses 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.

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