BUSINESSES expecting to reopen from tomorrow will now have to wait at least another two weeks before welcoming back customers, the Prime Minister has said.
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The Prime Minister slammed on the brakes on Britain’s road map to recovery in a briefing today.
Indoor performances in theatres, music halls and other venues that were also planning to make a comeback from August must also stay shut.
The regulations means that beauticians still won’t be able to carry out some facial treatments, even though they were allowed to reopen from July 4.
Boris added that the government will plough ahead with plans to ditch the work-from-home slogan from August 1 too.
Full list of businesses that were due to reopen from August 1
BACK in July, the Prime Minister announced that more businesses would be allowed to reopen from August 1, as long as the infection rate remained low.
But this is now unlikely due to a spike in infections across the UK.
Businesses that were due to reopen from August 1:
- Bowling alleys
- Leisure centres
- Ice-skating rinks
- Facial treatments at beauty salons
- Theatres, music halls and other venues can open for socially distanced audiences
Businesses than can reopen from October:
- Sports stadiums welcome back fans
- Conferences can go ahead
- Strip clubs
Businesses that must stay closed:
- Nightclubs, dance halls, discotheques
- Sexual entertainment venues and hostess bars
- Indoor play areas, including soft-play areas
Further guidance is expected to be published in the coming days.
The shock move follows a surge of infections in European countries as fears grow Britain is just two to three weeks behind Spain’s alarming spike in cases.
These firms have been shut down for four months since the start of lockdown back in March.
The delay comes as government support for furloughed workers is also beginning to wound down from August.
Mr Johnson has always stressed that recovery plans would be stalled if there were signs that the number of Covid-19 cases could become unmanageable again.
It’s not yet clear whether hopes to reopen other firms later on in the year have also been pushed back yet.
In July, it was announced that wedding receptions of up to 30 people will be allowed to take place and from mid-November, the government will look at scrapping the one metre social distancing rules.
At the time, Boris said that if all of the rules and regulations are followed properly life could be normal by Christmas, but this now hangs in the balance.
A reopening date for nightclubs, strip clubs and childrens’ soft play areas still hasn’t been confirmed.
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Last month, councils were given the power to implement “local lockdowns” in their districts to stop any outbreaks.
Days later, restrictions were place on Leicester by the Health Secretary on June 29 after a spike in Covid-19 infections.
But from August 3, restaurants, cafes, pubs and hairdressers in the city can get back to business as lockdown measures are eased.