The Prime Minister has announced that the easing of lockdown has been put on hold meaning bowling alleys and close-contact services will NOT re-open as planned tomorrow (Saturday 1st August) and wedding receptions of up to 30 people cannot be held.
It is said that around 1 person in every 1,500 currently has the virus, which is a drastic change from 1 in 2000 on 2nd July.
It was initially planned to allow the following things to happen from tomorrow, but the changes have been postponed until at least 15th August:
- bowling alleys, skating rinks and casinos to
- indoor performances to a live audience
begin to take place, in line with COVID-19 Secure guidelines and subject to the success of pilots
- small wedding receptions – sit-down meals for no more than 30 people
- all remaining close contact services – such as facial treatment and make up application –
A national ‘pause’ on shielding will go ahead as planned, meaning clinically extremely vulnerable people will no longer need to shield from tomorrow, however, they should still take particular care to follow the social distancing guidelines when meeting people.
From 8th August, face coverings must be worn in cinemas, museums and places of worship.