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Gyms, pools and leisure centres get ready to reopen on July 25 while beauticians and salons can open on Monday July 13




The wait is over for gyms, pools, leisure centres and beauty salons which have today been given a date to reopen.

Beauticians, spas, tattooists, and tanning salons will also be able to reopen from Monday, July 13.

Indoor gyms, pools and leisure centres will be allowed to reopen in two weeks time on Saturday, July 25.

Rhinos Gymnasium in Stamford (37117486)
Rhinos Gymnasium in Stamford (37117486)

Meanwhile, artists, musicians and dancers will be able to start performing outdoors from this weekend.

Outdoor pools can also to reopen this Saturday although Bourne Outdoor Pool has said it will not, while recreational sport such as cricket, basketball and five-a-side football will also be restarted.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden revealed the news during a briefing on Thursday in which he signalled further lockdown easing.

“Normal life is slowly returning and this is an important for our performing artists,” he said.

Stamford School pool (22293914)
Stamford School pool (22293914)

“Our artists deserve an audience and now they will be getting one.”

Test pilots of indoor performances will be taking place in the near future in order to figure out how to get them back open.

Speaking about the reopening of gyms, Mr Dowden said: "Exercise is incredibly important.

“Even at the height of the lockdown it was considered essential.”

As with many of the relaxations, the above will feature a number of restrictions including reduced venue sizes, reduced class sizes, timed bookings and enhanced cleaning.

Mr Dowden warned that if the measures weren’t kept to they were reversible if necessary.

Rhino's Gymnasium in Ryhall Road, Stamford, was quick to react to the news.

On its Facebook page, it said: "The Government have finally announced we're allowed to open our doors fully again on Saturday, July 25!

"We just want to say a huge thank you to all our members who have continued to support us during this difficult time and also to all the customers who have been using our outdoor gym facility.

"16 days time people! Get ready!".

On Saturday (July 4), the gym opened an outdoor area and has been operating an online booking system for slots.

Meanwhile, Stamford School said its pool in Conduit Road would not reopen until November 1 at the earliest for members. This was because it was "not viable" to open the pool and gym to members while ensuring the continued use of the facilities for its pupils and children at other local schools.



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