England prepares for reopening outdoor theatre, gyms and pools
August 12, 2020

England set to reopen outdoor theatre, gyms and pools

LONDON (UK) – Theatres in England will be able to conduct outdoor performances from this weekend and beauticians can start work from next week following a further relaxation of the coronavirus lockdown, culture minister Oliver Dowden said on Thursday.

Indoor gyms and swimming pools in England will also reopen from July 25.

It will be followed by the reopening of non-essential shops on June 15, after last weekend’s reopening of pubs, restaurants, cafes and hairdressers.

Dowden addressed a news conference that from July 11 theatres, opera and dance groups can stage outdoor performances to socially distancing audiences.

He said that meant for example music lovers can attend opera at Glyndebourne in East Sussex, southern England. Plans to stage a summer season of open-air concerts and operas are on during July and August.

Dowden added that with the reopening of gyms, operators would have to use time-booking systems to limit numbers. This would help restrict class sizes, space out equipment and step-up cleaning regimes.

He added, “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 said the government was closely working with public health experts to lead some indoor theatrical and musical performances and to see how socially distanced audiences can attend.

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