Steve April 6, 2021

Lockdown is being eased, with fewer restrictions on what we can do.

What does it mean for things like sports, gyms and hairdressers?

Can I play sports or go swimming outdoors?

In England, outdoor sports facilities such as tennis and basketball courts are now able to open.

It is also possible to use open-air swimming pools again.

Adults and children are allowed to take part in formally organised outdoor matches and tournaments.

In Wales, outdoor sports facilities are open, including tennis courts, golf courses and bowling greens. Organised outdoor activities and sports for under-18s can also resume.

In Scotland, outdoor contact group sports for 12 to 17-year-olds started on Monday 5 April.

In Northern Ireland outdoor sporting facilities – such as golf courses – can now reopen but clubhouses and changing facilities must stay closed.

Up to 10 people (including children of all ages) from a maximum of two households can take part in outdoor sports activities.

From 12 April, up to 15 people (including coaches) can take part in structured outdoor sports training, through clubs affiliated to recognised sports governing bodies.

When will gyms open?

Gyms and other types of indoor leisure in England will be able to open from 12 April.

Initially, you will only be allowed to visit gyms alone, or with other members of your household. Social distancing rules should be followed.

Indoor group exercises classes will not be allowed until at least Monday 17 May.

In Scotland, gyms can open for individual exercise from Monday 26 April, with indoor group exercise from 17 May.

In Wales, it’s hoped gyms, leisure centres and fitness facilities can reopen from Monday 10 May – but for individual and one-to-one training only.

Organised indoor activities for adults, including exercise classes, should start a week later on 17 May – but limited to a maximum of 15 people.

A date has not yet been set in Northern Ireland.

When will hairdressers open?

In England, hairdressers and nail salons – along with non-essential retail and libraries – will open on 12 April.

People who offer close-contact services in the home – such as mobile hairdressers and massage therapists – will also be able to return to work, but must follow government guidance.

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Hairdressers in Wales have reopened for pre-booked appointments only. All close-contact services (including mobile) will be able to open from 12 April.

In Scotland, hairdressers and barbers (not mobile services) can now reopen, for pre-booked appointments only. Mobile and other close contact services can resume on 26 April.

Northern Ireland has not set a date for these services to reopen, with a review on Thursday 15 April.

What about zoos, theme parks, nightclubs and theatres?

  • Most outdoor attractions – including zoos, theme parks and drive-in cinemas – will reopen on 12 April
  • Some theatre performances, concerts and sports events no earlier than 17 May – with indoor crowds of up to 1,000 people or 50% venue capacity (whichever is lower), and outdoor crowds of 4,000 people or 50% venue capacity (whichever is lower)
  • Nightclubs could be allowed from Monday 21 June
  • Indoor attractions and public buildings such as galleries, museums and libraries from 26 April
  • Cinemas, amusement arcades and bingo halls from 17 May
  • Small outdoor and indoor events (with restrictions) from 17 May
  • Outdoor attractions, including funfairs and theme parks from 26 April

There are no specific reopening dates in Northern Ireland.

from the BBC

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