After Super Saturday, the UK hospitality trade and hairdressers joined retail as the first sectors to safely reopen as the UK eases itself out of lockdown.
But what about everything else?
Back in May PM Boris Johnson said that reopening places whose “core purpose is social interaction may only be fully possible significantly later depending on the reduction in the numbers of infections.”
This covers industries including nightclubs, casinos, and beauty salons.
Here is the latest on some of the other areas hoping for the green light to reopen safely.
Many gym owners have questioned the common sense in opening pubs before fitness studios.
PureGym said in a statement: “We understand that these decisions are not easy, but it is a strange ‘war on obesity’ that sees pubs and restaurants open before gyms.”
However Boris Johnson now has some good news for fitness fans.
Speaking on radio show LBC on Friday ( July 3) he said he was hoping to open gyms in “the next couple of weeks”
He said: “We are going to reopen gyms as soon as we can do it in a Covid-secure way and I think that the date for reopening gyms at the moment, if we can do it, is in just a couple of weeks’ time.”
Currently beauty salons must remain closed so you will have to continue DIY manicures, pedicures and waxing for the time being.
Such treatments require extensive face-to-face and hand touching interaction, which puts both customers and staff at very high risk of catching Covid 19.
Currently the government is adopting a wait and see policy to see if infection rates remain low following the reopening of hair salons, bars and restaurants.
If they do they could open in by the end of July.
The National Hair and Beauty Federation (NHBF) believe this is the right approach.
In June it stated: “It is our view that this is the right course of action, as the safety of the people in our industry is paramount.”
In Germany,which has done much better than the UK in controlling the virus, nightclubs will remain closed until July 31 at the very earliest. Gatherings won’t be allowed for more than 5,000 people until October 24.
The UK will be some way behind this timeline and as by their very nature, which is based on the opposite of social distancing, it will be perhaps the government’s biggest challenge. Don’t expect to hit the dancefloor anytime soon.
Tattoo parlours and and piercing shops
As far as the government is concerned these establishments are in the same category as beauty salons so business owners will have to wait to see whether the R rate continues to remain low.
In June when it was announced that bars could reopen, the UK gambling trade and standards body the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) was outraged that they were not given the same priority.
It described the decision as “inconsistent and nonsensical”.
It said: “Casino operators have worked round the clock to ensure their premises, and the way they operate, adhere to the government’s strict anti-Covid guidelines,” the BGC said. “They now want to work urgently with ministers on any outstanding issues which will enable them to re-open their doors safely as soon after 4 July as possible.”
During lockdown gambling fans have migrated to online gaming.
In April the Gambling Commission said it had seen an increase in visits and bets around online slots, poker and casino gaming.
There is no indication when casinos will be allowed to reopen.
Who doesn’t want to escape the reality of our troubling new Covid 19 existence by putting on a fluffy white robe and being pampered?
There is no news on when spas can reopen which has angered luxury spa boss Stephen Purdew.
Speaking to the Daily Mail on June 29, Mr Purdew who runs Champneys Health Spa said: “We want to get back to work, and there’s such a demand for what we do.
“People are chomping at the bit to come to our spas.
“We are fighting a disease that has primarily attacked people with obesity, and we’ve got gyms and spas with weight loss programmes closed.”
He said as no guidance has yet been given, he expects an September opening date
The full list of businesses that remain closed:
- Beauty salons
- indoor skating rinks and bowling alleys and
- Indoor play areas
- Massage, tattoo and piercing parlours
- Indoor fitness and dance studios, and indoor gyms and sports venues/facilities
- Water parks and swimming pools
- Exhibition or Conference Centres