Swimmer dives in as pools, sport & outdoor theatres are allowed again for the first time following lockdown

THE coronavirus lockdown is gradually being lifted as people are beginning to enjoy fewer restrictions.

With the growth rate of Covid-19 decreasing people in England are being granted more freedoms and social contact.

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The government has announced hotels, pubs and restaurants in England can reopen, as can beer gardens and outdoor restaurants as long as they are following safety guidelines.

On Saturday outdoor swimming pools and water parks were opened as well as outdoor performances in front of a live audience and indoor rehearsals at Covid-19 secure venues.

At the famous Minack Theatre in Porthcurno, Cornwall, actor Mark Harandon presented a live oral interpretation of the theatre’s history as real life 1930s gardener and builder Billy Rawlings.

Swimmers were spotted cooling off at the Charlton Lido in south east London while staff wearing protective equipment were seen cleaning surfaces around the pool.

The changes will be welcome news for anyone who has missed their sport over the last few months, and there is more good news coming up for you towards the end of the month.


A batsman for Pershore CC was pictured being run out in a match against Stratford-upon-Avon CC in Worcestershire.

And players were seen being squirted with anti-bacterial gel, making sure to keep up with all the new precautions entering various sports.

Holiday accommodation – including hotels, B&Bs, cottages, campsites and caravan parks – have now reopened, with households in England allowed to stay away from home overnight. Shared facilities, such as campsite toilets, must be cleaned properly.

Other places allowed to reopen in England include libraries, community centres, bingo halls, cinemas, museums, galleries, funfairs and theme parks, amusement arcades, outdoor skating rinks, social clubs and model villages.

Safety measures recommended by the government include limiting the number of people using facilities, enhanced cleaning and sanitisation, and ensuring adequate ventilation.

Close contact services like nail bars and tattoo parlours will be allowed to reopen from Monday (July 13).

Meanwhile, indoor sports facilities, including gyms, fitness and dance studios and indoor pools, will be allowed to reopen later in the month on July 25.

Travellers from more than 50 countries including France, Spain, Germany and Italy will no longer have to quarantine for two weeks when they enter England, Wales or Northern Ireland, although many of those countries have restrictive rules for people arriving from the UK.

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