Further changes to coronavirus lockdown rules in England will come into force from Saturday (15 August) as the Government takes the next step towards reopening the country.

Many of the changes which were delayed at the start of the month due to a rising coronavirus infection rate in some areas of the country, will now go ahead.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has given the green light to the delayed plans which include allowing socially distanced indoor performances to resume in England.

The Culture Secretary has also revealed that a wider range of leisure venues which have remained closed since March will now be allowed to open up.

The move to continue the gradual easing of lockdown will see the Government move to stage four of their plan for phased return of live music and performances.

Here is a breakdown of all the new measures coming into effect from tomorrow:

Indoor performances to be allowed for theatre, music and comedy

The Government had previously given theatres, music and comedy performances spaces approval to reopen last month but the moved was scrapped after coronavirus transmission rates increased.

Now, indoor performances will be allowed to resume from tomorrow, however it will not apply to locations where greater lockdown restrictions are currently in place such as Greater Manchester.

Under the plans, performances both indoors and outdoors with a limited capacity audience will be allowed.

The next step of the plan, stage five, would see performances allowed both indoors and outdoors with fuller crowds.

The Prime Minister has resumed further lockdown easing measures that were shelved two weeks ago

The move follows a "successful series of pilots", according to a statement from Downing Street.
One of the pilot performances saw singer Beverley Knight perform at the London Palladium theatre in front of a sold-out, socially-distanced audience.

Andrew Lloyd Webber introduced the matinee performance last month and labelled it as a "rather sad sight", adding that the venue "is meant to be full".

A £1.57 billion support package for the arts has previously been announced by the Culture Secretary.

Bowling alleys, casinos and skating rinks to reopen

More leisure venues such as bowling alleys, casinos and skating rinks will now be allowed to reopen from tomorrow.

The Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, announced that more leisure venues were now allowed to open up from Saturday.

Beauty salons will also be able to offer a wider range of treatments such as eyebrow threading and tattoo parlours will also be able to offer more 'up close' services that were previously prohibited.

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These venues were originally meant to reopen two weeks ago before it was dramatically halted after the Office for National Statistics expressed concerns over more people testing positive for the virus.

Pilot fan attendance at sporting events to resume

Boris Johnson had called off planned pilot events with sports fans in attendance that were supposed to take place in the first two weeks of August.

However, now the Government has given the go ahead for the public to attend a small number of sporting events with a gradual reopening of competitions to sports fans.

The pilot attendance scheme is part of a plan that aims to see full scale crowds back at sports events in October.

Last month's two-day cricket clash between Surrey and Middlesex had signalled the return of some fans to live sport, and two more county friendlies also saw spectators through the gates.


The World Snooker Championship started its first day with fans in attendance, and around 5,000 racegoers had been due to attend the Glorious Goodwood Festival on August 1.

But those plans were shelved abruptly, with the government determined to limit the spread of coronavirus.
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Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said: "The nation's hard work to keep the virus under control means we can now make further careful progress on recovery with allowing audiences back for indoor performances, fans back at sports events and the reopening of more Covid-19 secure leisure businesses.

"We must all continue to stay alert but today's welcome news means these organisations can finally get going safely, and we can enjoy more of the things we love as a nation.
"I have no doubt that they will work incredibly hard to keep their fans, patrons and customers safe."

Full list of changes introduced from tomorrow