Gyms, nail bars and nightclubs to stay closed – full list of businesses not reopening

GYMS, nail bars and nightclubs won't be allowed to reopen yet, the Prime Minister has announced.

Boris Johnson has revealed the venues that will remain closed from July 4 despite lifting lockdown measures and cutting social distancing rules from 2 meters to 1.

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It'll come as a blow to Brits who'd been hoping to get a sweat on in the gym after roughly three months of home workouts.

Gyms are expected to reopen "within weeks" but they must remain closed due to far higher risk of infection, the government said.

The same applies to nightclubs and nail salons.

Gigs and concerts are also banned unless they are being live streamed due to the risk of people singing and passing on the virus.


Full list of business that must remain closed

THE following shops and business have to remain closed by law after July 4.

  • Nightclubs
  • Casinos 
  • Bowling alleys and indoor skating rinks 
  • Indoor play areas including soft-play 
  • Spas 
  • Nail bars and beauty salons
  • Massage, tattoo and piercing parlours
  • Indoor fitness and dance studios, and indoor gyms and sports venues/facilities 
  • Swimming pools and water parks 
  • Exhibition or Conference Centres – where they are to be used for exhibitions or conferences, other than for those who work for that venue

Theatres and concert halls will be allowed to reopen from July 4 but with no audiences and only for live streaming.

The Gym Group has offered a glimpse into what the gym floor will look once it finally opens.

Customers will be asked to spend no more than 45 minutes working out and will have screens around treadmills with some equipment being turned off completely.

But Brits hoping for a staycation will be able to go on one from July 4, as hotels, hostels and campsites will be allowed to welcome back customers, as long as they are Covid-19 secure.

Other businesses set to reopen their doors include bars, pubs, restaurants and cinemas.

The easing of lockdown comes as non-essential shops were allowed to reopen last week, following homeware stores in May.

Boris Johnson is cutting the social distancing rule from two metres to one metre from July 4.

Some pubs are so tiny that if the two-metre rule stayed it would keep them shut.

Full list of business that can reopen from July 4

THE below shops are allowed to reopen their doors from July 4.

  • Hotels, hostels bed and breakfast accommodation, holiday apartments or homes, cottages or bungalows, campsites, caravan parks or boarding houses 
  • Places of Worship
  • Libraries
  • Community Centres
  • Restaurants, Cafes and Workplace Canteens
  • Bars
  • Pubs
  • Cinemas
  • Bingo Halls
  • Theatres and concert halls can reopen, but live gigs won't be allowed
  • Museums and galleries
  • Hair salons and barbers
  • Outdoor playgrounds
  • Outdoor gyms
  • Funfairs,  theme parks and adventure parks and activities
  • Amusement arcades
  • Outdoor skating rinks
  • Other indoor leisure centres or facilities, including indoor games, recreation and entertainment venues
  • Social clubs
  • Model villages
  • Indoor attractions at aquariums, zoos, safari parks, farms, wildlife centres and any place where animals are exhibited to the public as an attraction

All pubs, alongside clubs, restaurants and gyms, were ordered by the government to shut on March 20.

Last month, a government adviser said pub beer gardens should reopen as long as drinkers can social distance.

Meanwhile, the Campaign for Real Ale has called for pubs to reopen as soon as possible.

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