July 9, 2020 / 12:51 PM / a month ago

England's beauticians, gyms and pools to reopen in more lockdown easing

FILE PHOTO: A sign and temporary street barriers are seen to assist social distancing in the City of London financial district, following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in London, Britain June 30, 2020. REUTERS/Toby Melville/File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) - Theatres in England will be able to hold outdoor performances from this weekend and beauticians can reopen next week in a further easing of the coronavirus lockdown, a minister said on Thursday.

Indoor gyms and swimming pools in England will also be able to reopen from July 25, culture minister Oliver Dowden said at a news conference from Downing Street.

The latest moves follow the reopening of non-essential shops on June 15 and last weekend’s reopening of pubs, restaurants, cafes and hairdressers.

Dowden said gym operators would have to use time-booking systems to limit numbers, operate reduced class sizes, space out equipment and step-up cleaning regimes.

“At the beginning we all stayed at home to protect the (National Health Service) and save lives, now the British public has a new part to play - it’s time to eat out to help out, to enjoy the arts to help out and to work out to help out,” he added.

Reporting by Andy Bruce and James Davey; editing by Stephen Addison

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