Lovers of fitness and beauty treatments in England were given the green light today to return to their fitness and care system when ministers announced that nail poles and gyms would reopen this month.
After months of "letting go" in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, fitness lovers got a welcome boost from Minister of Culture Oliver Dowden, who outlined the latest lockdown easing rules – and told people they could return to the gym from there July 25th.
In the meantime, tanning salons, tattoo studios and other so-called "close contact services" can welcome customers again from Monday. For the first time in almost four years, the British have been able to refill an urgently needed revision or an artificial tan for months.
However, those who are desperately looking for facial waxing, eyelash treatment, makeup or facial treatment will have to wait a little longer as they are not yet approved.
In the meantime, companies are expected to keep records of employees and customers and share them with NHS Test and Trace on request
At a press conference in Downing Street, Dowden said the outdoor pools could be reopened on Saturday as he also released guidelines that would allow competitive grass-roots sports to resume, starting with cricket this weekend.
Outdoor art performances – including theater, opera, dance and music – can also resume from Saturday, although the number of viewers is limited and subject to social distance rules.
A pilot program is being launched to find out how to get back to socially distant indoor performances "as soon as possible", Dowden said.
The planning rules are changed so that theaters, concert halls and venues for live music are protected from demolition and those that were temporarily freed during the closure do not completely disappear.
Mr. Dowden said "normal life is slowly returning" and told the press conference: "After beauticians, tattoo artists, spas, tanning salons and other close contact services have allowed hairdressers to reopen, they can do the same Monday.
"Of course, this is subject to some restrictions for particularly high-risk services."
Oliver Dowden announced today that gyms in England may reopen on July 25th
Mr. Dowden said people "no longer have to exercise in their park or on the floor of their living room."
The tanning salons in England can reopen Monday next week after being closed since March
Nail poles, beauticians, spas and tattoo studios can welcome customers again from Monday
The department for business, energy and industry strategy said that the work that encompasses the highest-risk zone – right in front of the face – should not be made available to customers.
This means that treatments such as facial waxing, eyelash, makeup, and facials should not be done until government recommendations change – due to the much greater risk of transmission.
And beauticians should make sure to wear additional protection, including clear facial visors or screens where social distance cannot be maintained.
Today, the leading companies in the beauty industry said the move was a "positive step forward," but there was still a long way to go.
Millie Kendall of the British Beauty Council said: “It is a positive step, but we are still only part of the way there.
"We will continue to work closely with the governing bodies and support everyone in beauty until we are able to reach the revitalized beauty industry that we all want."
Nail sticks and beauty salons: which treatments can beauticians give – and how can I book?
Beauticians are only allowed to provide services that are not directly in front of the face. The government has warned that this is the "highest risk zone".
This means that the following treatments are not allowed:
- Waxing, sugaring or threading the face
- Advanced facial technique
- Eyelash treatments
- Makeup application
- Electrolysis on the face
- Eyebrow treatments
Employees are advised to avoid skin contact and to wear gloves where possible, with nail poles and tanning salons being an exception
If it is not possible to keep a distance of two meters, beauticians are recommended to wear PPE that cover the face or to use a screen.
Beauty salons operate a booking system only for appointments in order to limit their capacity and to minimize the time required for treatment.
Hand washing and surface cleaning are also done regularly, along with cleaning disposable devices if possible.
Employees are advised to avoid skin contact and to wear gloves where possible, with nail poles and tanning salons being an exception.
Customer chains are separated from each other and no food or drinks are provided except for water.
If employees work closely together, it is recommended that only a limited or fixed number of employees be employed.
Source: Department of Business, Energy and Industry Strategy
Mr Dowden said that the reopening date for gyms on July 25th would also result in indoor pools and leisure centers being able to get back into operation.
He said fitness is & # 39;incredibly important for physical and mental health, ”he said of the government’s plans to get people back to the gym.
"Even at the height of the closure, it was seen as an essential activity in which countless people enter their parks for their daily runs or turn their living rooms into temporary gyms," he said.
& # 39; Starting this weekend, millions of people can return to their local sports teams once their organizations publish approved guidelines.
& # 39; Leisure cricket is back this weekend. Five soccer players, basketball, hockey and countless other sports will follow shortly afterwards.
“And from this Saturday you can also enjoy outdoor pools and water parks.
“From Saturday, July 25th, people no longer have to exercise in their park or on the floor of their living room, but can jump back into their gyms, their indoor pools, their leisure centers and on the spin bike or treadmill for the first time in months. & # 39;
In other corona virus developments in the UK today:
- As of tomorrow, thousands of taxi drivers, cleaners and salespeople will be tested on Covid-19 as part of a new trial – even if they have no symptoms, the Ministry of Health said.
- The government has failed to meet all of its corona virus test results within 24 hours by the end of June. Just over half of all test results (55 percent) were received within a day of wiping.
- British holidaymakers who fly to Ibiza or Mallorca must wear face masks if they leave their hotel room on Saturday or face a £ 90 fine.
- Nearly 60,000 workers are laid off when Boots, John Lewis, Rolls Royce, and Burger King announce layoffs just hours after Rishi Sunak's £ 30 billion bailout that was supposed to save the High Street after Covid.
Following the announcement by the Gym Group in Vauxhall, London, the gyms may reopen from July 25th
Social distance markers within the Gym Group in Vauxhall, London. Mr. Dowden said fitness is "incredibly important to physical and mental health".
Social distance markers within the Gym Group in Vauxhall, although some equipment can also be seen at a distance as the gyms prepare for reopening later this month
A no longer used sink in the changing rooms of the Gym Group in Vauxhall and a sign saying "Please keep a safe distance" and a note reminding people to wash their hands
Britain announces 85 more coronavirus deaths
Britain announced 85 more coronavirus deaths today, as promising data shows Northern Ireland has now passed a week without Covid 19 deaths.
According to chiefs of the Ministry of Health, the official death toll, which only takes laboratory-confirmed and unlikely deaths into account, is 44,602, with the worst days of the crisis now over.
Last Thursday, only 89 deaths were recorded, which means that the daily toll barely changed in a week. But the average number of deaths has dropped 20 percent since then – from 110 to 87.
Separate data released today by a government surveillance testing program that wiped thousands of households in England suggests that the outbreak is still shrinking, but slowly.
According to the National Statistics Office (ONS), only 0.03 percent of the population is currently infected – or one in 3,900 people – compared to 0.04 percent in the past week and 0.09 percent in the previous week.
Mr. Dowden insisted that despite many activities that are likely to be subject to strict rules, people could still have fun doing sports.
"The judgment we made with this (pubs) and swimming pools and elsewhere is that it is better to reopen with these restrictions than not to reopen at all," he said.
“Of course it will take a while for people's trust to build up. It rarely happens that you pull the trigger and everyone comes in.
"But also the experience in Britain and elsewhere is that over time people have gained trust and started to get more involved."
He said that people do not have to wear a face mask when training.
He insisted that "a whole series of mitigating measures" should be taken in gyms, adding, "We made no decision to require facial masks to be worn by gyms."
Mr. Dowden said the government's approach to coverage is "contextual" and endorsed by scientific advisors.
The Minister of Culture also asked the nation to support the struggling arts sector in the coming months.
He said, “I really ask people to come out and play their part: buy tickets for outdoor plays and music evenings, go to your local gallery, and support your local businesses.
“Our fight started with a joint effort and I really hope it ends with one. In the beginning, we were all at home to protect the NHS and save lives. The British public is now playing a new role.
“It's time to eat out to help enjoy the arts, to help, and to exercise to help. It is up to all of you to help the country recover safely. & # 39;
Heads of major fitness companies have praised the reopening dates.
Richard Darwin, general manager of The Gym Group, which operates 179 across the UK, said: “Reopening gyms is an important step forward for the physical and mental wellbeing of our members and millions of other athletes.
"We can't wait to welcome them back."
The further easing of the English blocking rules came after Nicola Sturgeon announced a wave of changes to the restrictions on Scotland.
The changes made by the First Minister mean that hairdressers, pubs and restaurants, museums and galleries can be reopened on July 15th.
Gyms will return on July 25 with limited capacity, hand sanitizers and booking system
Indoor sports and leisure facilities will open in England towards the end of this month, including:
- Gyms and dance studios
- Sports facilities and facilities
- Swimming pool
- Hydrotherapy pools
A hand disinfection station within the Gym Group in Vauxhall, London, next to a sign that reminds you to spray quickly as you walk in and out of the area
To reduce the risk of transmission of the virus, a number of measures are introduced, e.g. B. Hand disinfection stations and contactless payment.
Customers are advised by signposting the entrances, booking forms and websites.
Fastening doors that remain open, if possible, are attached to increase ventilation.
It is recommended to reduce the need to touch other items such as lockers, suitcases and drawers to make the equipment “easily accessible”.
Avoiding paperwork is also recommended, is also recommended through online platforms, and enables a booking system to manage demand.
Sports and leisure facilities are also recommended to work in advance, preferably online or by phone.
The places of worship can be reopened on the same day for prayer and worship, but there are restrictions on the number, chant, and chant.
The government has been under increasing pressure from MPs and the fitness industry to announce the return of the country's gyms.
Mr Dowden had previously informed the House of Commons earlier that he intended to make an "immediate" announcement on the subject.
He had said gyms had worked "very constructively" with the government to "overcome some of the hurdles" to welcome customers back.
He had said: “I hope to be able to make an announcement shortly.
"As I said, the goal was always to get the gyms back into operation by mid-July."
Social Distancing Marker within the Gym Group in Vauxhall with the hashtag #CloseEnough
Social distance markers around spaced benches at the Gym Group in Vauxhall, London
An "out of order" marker on a training device at the Gym Group in Vauxhall on Thursday
Team sports only return on Saturday with Saturday cricket – but car shares for the game and drinks in the clubhouse after the game are still prohibited
Team sports will return from Saturday, with cricket being allowed to resume first – but the carshares for the game and drinks in the clubhouse after the game are still prohibited.
Sports associations must submit “detailed security plans” set out by the Ministry of Digital, Culture, Media and Sports before they return this summer.
Fans can participate in games in small groups and have to distance themselves socially, with different households being able to take part in training courses and match pairs.
The England and Wales Cricket Board has already submitted its proposals for recreational sports to return (file photo)
The action plan, the mitigation measures and the necessary adjustments must be specified in the action plan of each sport.
Today’s new guidelines include players and spectators who go to the game on foot or by bike where possible to minimize the use of public transportation and car sharing with people from different households.
The club toilets are open with thorough cleaning before, during and half an hour after the game, and the bars are reopened according to government instructions, with groups limited to six.
The England and Wales cricket board has already submitted its proposals for recreational sports to return.
The measures are preliminary and can be suspended if there is a local or national virus outbreak.
Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston said: “This is fantastic news for millions of people who miss doing sports with their friends and teammates.
& # 39; This guide specifies how community sports can be done safely so that many more sports can get going again.
"The sports administration bodies are now taking strict measures to ensure that the millions of people who play, officiate and volunteer can stay safe and take full advantage of grassroots sports."
(tagsToTranslate) Dailymail (t) News (t) British Government News and Updates to the British Cabinet (t) Oliver Dowden (t) Coronavirus