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More lockdown rules, which were meant to be eased in England a fortnight ago, will be lifted from Saturday 15 August.
It will mean bowling alleys and indoor skating rinks can reopen - and beauty salons can offer treatments on people's faces.

Can I now have my eyebrows done?

Yes, from Saturday 15 August in England you will be able to go to your local salon, spa or barber and have a treatment on your face. That includes eyelash and eyebrow tinting, and also eyebrow threading.
Many nail bars, tanning and beauty salons are already open.
Certain safety measures must be followed, including:
  • Using screens to protect staff and customers
  • Only accepting pre-booked appointments
  • Avoiding skin-to-skin contact
  • Customers must not eat or drink anything except water
In Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, nail bars and beauty salons have also reopened.

Changes for weddings, casinos and live performances

Many other things that were due to be allowed in England a fortnight ago will now be permitted from 15 August - subject to Covid-secure guidelines.
  • The reopening of casinos
  • Indoor performances in front of a live audience
  • Wedding receptions - in the form of a sit-down meal - of up to 30 people
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Are indoor gyms and swimming pools open?

Indoor pools and gyms reopened in England from 25 July, for the first time since the beginning of lockdown.
Sports halls and leisure centres are also now allowed to open.
Gyms have to follow strict social distancing guidelines, including:
  • Capacity limits, controlled by a timed booking system
  • Reduced class sizes
  • Equipment spaced out and improved ventilation
  • Temporary floor markings in dance studios where possible
  • Customers encouraged to shower and change at home
Outdoor gyms and pools have been open in England since 4 July, because there is less risk of catching coronavirus in the fresh air.
Swim England published guidance for operators on how to reopen indoor pools, including:
  • Increasing the supply of outside air to pools
  • Implementing a one-way entry and exit system
  • Minimising the use of changing rooms
Indoor gyms and swimming pools are now allowed to open in Wales and Northern Ireland.
The Scottish government has given an indicative date of 14 September for indoor gyms and swimming pools, but says it is working to try to open them sooner.

Which sports will I be able to watch and play?

Pilot schemes to test the safe return of spectators at sporting events in England will take place from Saturday 15 August.
The hope is to reopen competition venues for sports fans, with social distancing measures, from 1 October.
The first pilot will be at the final of the World Snooker Championship at Sheffield's Crucible Theatre on 15-16 August.
Bowling alleys and indoor skating rinks can now also reopen in England.
Bowling alleys in Wales and Northern Ireland have already reopened, while Scotland has set an indicative date of 24 August.

Can I now get a tattoo?

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Many tattoo artists in England are already working again - following similar safety guidelines to nail bars and beauty salons.
But from Saturday 15 August they will be able to give you a tattoo on your face - which until now has not been allowed.
Tattoo artists work in very close contact with their customers, often for a long time. Touching people is known to increase the risk of transmitting the virus.
The Tattoo and Piercing Industry Union submitted a 10-point plan for reopening studios to the government, which included:
  • wearing masks, face shields, aprons and gloves
  • keeping work stations 2m (6ft) apart
  • considering relocating or deferring tattoos or piercings that require face-to-face working
Tattoo studios are also allowed to open in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

What else is now allowed in England?

From 15 August, soft play centres can reopen.
Outdoor arts performances have already resumed. Events must:
  • Have a socially-distanced audience
  • Reduce capacity
  • Only accept pre-booked tickets
  • Display clear social distance markings and be deep cleaned between performances
Recreational cricket has also now resumed. Grassroots football teams are allowed to resume competitive training and will be allowed to play competitive matches, with leagues allowed to resume in September. However:
  • Time spent congregating at a venue should be limited
  • Sports where a ball is touched by multiple players should have a plan for cleaning it when it goes out of play
  • Spectators will be allowed in small numbers following social distancing guidelines
Conferences and other business events can resume from October, subject to pilot events.

What else is still not allowed?

Nightclubs, dance halls, and discotheques, as well as sexual entertainment venues and hostess bars, remain closed in law across England.

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