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This is when gyms, beauty salons and swimming pools can open following the latest easing of lockdown

The country is continuing to return to a 'new normal', with government announcements on what people can and cannot do becoming more regular.

In the latest round revealed yesterday, which followed the whole list of businesses that were allowed to start welcoming customers back on 'Super Saturday', culture secretary Oliver Dowden gave the latest update on what restrictions will be lifted from this weekend.

Oliver Dowden, the secretary of state for culture, media and sport, taking a government press conference
Oliver Dowden, the secretary of state for culture, media and sport, taking a government press conference

But what exactly will you be able to do?

Addressing the country during a Downing Street press conference, Mr Dowden said that from tomorrow, July 11, outdoor swimming pools and water parks can reopen, theatres, opera, dance and music shows can put on outdoor performances, and recreational cricket can return.

From Monday, July 13, beauticians, tattooists, spas and tanning salons can open for the first time in months - but with restrictions on high-contact treatments.

Then, from Saturday, July 25, gyms, fitness centres, dance studios, and indoor pools and water parks can reopen, with safety measures in place.

Despite the new freedoms, people still cannot hug their loved ones and must maintain social distancing with other groups.

From Saturday, July 25, gyms and fitness centres can reopen
From Saturday, July 25, gyms and fitness centres can reopen

In fact, in terms of seeing friends and family, the rules remain as before.

You can meet in groups of up to two households in any location - public or private, indoors or outdoors.

You do not always have to meet with the same household, you can meet with different households at different times. However, it remains the case - even inside someone’s home - that you should socially distance from anyone not in your household or "support bubble".

You can also continue to meet outdoors in groups of up to six people from different households, again following social distancing guidelines, and you can stay overnight away from your home with your own household or "support bubble", or with members of one other household.

From July 11, outdoor swimming pools and water parks can reopen. Picture: Poppy Boorman/Faversham Pools
From July 11, outdoor swimming pools and water parks can reopen. Picture: Poppy Boorman/Faversham Pools

In terms of businesses, the relaxation of lockdown measures last weekend meant pubs, restaurants and hairdressers could once again throw open their doors to the public.

However, nightclubs, theatres and other indoor venues must remain closed for now.

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