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Coronavirus lockdown: These are the venues that can reopen from today

Theatres, casinos and bowling alleys in Suffolk can reopen from today in a further easing of lockdown restrictions.

Socially-distanced audiences will be allowed back into indoor venues, while wedding receptions of up to 30 people will also be permitted.

On Thursday evening, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that venues such as bowling alleys and soft play centres can reopen from August 15.

Claire Gouge, Bury Bowl manager, was left 'devastated' when the Government postponed the reopening of bowling alleys. PICTURE: Mecha Morton
Claire Gouge, Bury Bowl manager, was left 'devastated' when the Government postponed the reopening of bowling alleys. PICTURE: Mecha Morton

Businesses like Bury Bowl in Bury St Edmunds will be pleased to be able to welcome back patrons from this weekend after months of closure.

Last month, manager Claire Gouge said she was "gutted and devastated" by the Government's decision to postpone reopening of bowling alleys and other venues.

Following the news this week, Claire posted on the Bury Bowl Facebook page announcing the venue's reopening and said: "I am pleased to announce we CAN finally open this Saturday 15th August 2020. Online booking system now open.

"We was also told today we got the discretionary grant from the council a sum of £5,000. Which we are truly grateful for.

"I would like to thank you all for your amazing support. You really have kept us all going with all your lovely messages.

"Love to every single one of you. A long road but I am sure we will recover. Time for a celebratory drink - cheers everyone."

Along with the reopening of venues, the Government is also set to introduce bigger fines for those who fail to wear a mask in places where it is compulsory.

Fines for repeatedly refusing to wear a mask could rise to £3,200 and organisers of illegal raves could face a £10,000 penalty.

Meanwhile, as of 4am today, people returning to the UK from more countries, including France, the Netherlands and Monaco, will have to quarantine for 14 days.

These are the changes, from August 15, in full:

– Indoor theatre, music and performance venues will be able to reopen with socially distanced audiences

– The piloting of spectators at sporting events will resume

– Casinos, bowling alleys, skating rinks and soft play centres will be allowed to reopen

– “Close contact” beauty services such as facials, eyebrow threading and eyelash treatments will resume

– Wedding receptions for up to 30 guests will be permitted

– Pilots will take place at conference venues ahead of the expected resumption of business events from October 1 at the earliest

The changes will not apply in the specific areas where local restrictions are in place.

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