Leicester lockdown: Nail bars, salons and outdoor pools to open from TOMORROW as restrictions eased
NAIL bars, salons and outdoor pools can reopen in Leicester from TOMORROW as restrictions are eased following a drop in cases.
But current rules banning gatherings in private homes and gardens will remain in place for now to drive cases down even further.
Tanning booths and salons, spas, massage parlours, tattoo parlours, body and skin piercing services, and outdoor pools can lawfully reopen from tomorrow after weeks shut to try and control the spread.
Outdoor music venues and theatres will no longer be recommended to stay shut, too.
It follows pubs and restaurants throwing their doors open in Leciester earlier this month.
Several mobile testing units and four local sites will stay in place to provide additional capacity to the city and surrounding areas.
The new rules will come into place at midnight tonight.
But the Department for Health said today “infection rates remain too high to be fully lifted”.
They said that restrictions on meeting up with people outside your household will continue – as they do in Greater Manchester and parts of West Yorksire and East Lancashire.
You still won’t be able to meet people in private gardens either.
People who are shielding will have some of their restrictions eased too.
People will now be able to meet in a group of up to six people outdoors, including people from different households – as long as you stay 2m apart.
If you live alone or have kids under 18 and are shielding, you can now join a support bubble with one other household, the Department also said.
That means they can go inside each other’s homes and stay overnight, without having to social distance.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said at the news today: “My gratitude goes out to the people of Leicester who have all made sacrifices to keep the virus at bay and protect their local communities.
“The rate of infection has now dropped to a safe enough level to allow further businesses including beauty salons, nail bars and some outdoor venues to reopen in the area.
“Current restrictions on gatherings must remain in place to further bring down the rate of infection.”
The Health Secretary urged all residents to “remain vigilant” and for everyone to get a test as soon as they had symptoms.
If NHS Test and Trace says people should isolate, they must do so.
However, the restrictions which were lifted in other parts of England – such as reopening casinos, bowling alleys and allowing close contact services – are still in place for the moment.
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