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Cornwall's Minack Theatre can fully re-open this weekend

Cornwall's Minack Theatre can fully re-open this weekend

Published by Helen Down at 8:36am 10th July 2020. (Updated at 9:03am 10th July 2020)

Outdoor arts performances can start again from this weekend but audience numbers will be restricted and subject to social distancing rules.

Beauty salons, tanning shops and tattooists can reopen in England from Monday, while gyms and indoor swimming pools  dance studios and sports like badminton and volleyball from 25 July.

Here are the key dates:

  • Outdoor pools to reopen from Saturday
  • Theatres, opera, dance and music to resume outdoors from this weekend
  • Club cricket to return from Saturday, with other outdoor recreational sports to follow later
  • Beauticians, tattooists, spas and tanning salons to reopen from Monday
  • Indoor gyms, swimming pools and dance studios to return from 25 July

"Normal life is slowly returning. 

"Having allowed hairdressers to reopen, beauticians, tattooists, spas, tanning salons and other close contact services can now do the same, I'm pleased to say, from Monday.

"Of course that will be subject to some restrictions on particularly high-risk services.

"We have not taken a decision to require the wearing of face masks in respect of gyms.

"I'm really urging people to get out there and to play their part: buy the tickets for outdoor plays and musical recitals, get to your local gallery and support your local businesses.

"Our fight began with a collective effort and I really hope it will end with one.

"At the beginning we all stayed at home to protect the NHS and save lives, now the British public has a new part to play. It's time to eat out to help out, to enjoy the arts to help out and to work out to help out.

"It's over to all of you to help the country recover safely."

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden

Minack Theatre Porthcurno

"The uncertainty for this sector in particular has been really hard over the last few weeks, as other sectors have got more certainty about when they can reopen and how they can reopen.

"We know how we can do our social distancing to meet all of the other guidance we've seen for their sectors, UK hospitality guidance has been really useful"

Minack Theatre Executive Director Zoe Kernow


There will be restrictions on numbers in gyms and pools and people will be encouraged to shower and change at home where possible, though changing rooms will be open.

Leisure centres and indoor gyms, along with swimming pools and other indoor sports facilities, have been closed since Saturday 21 March as part of measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Outdoor gyms were permitted to reopen from 4 July while following social distancing.


Club cricket can resume from this Saturday, with a limited number of spectators allowed and clubhouse bars will be able to open, subject to social distancing rules.

Guidance has been published to enable competitive grassroots team sports to resume - but each individual sport will have to submit an action plan to the government on how they will operate before they can be approved to restart.

For outdoor sports like cricket, supporters will also be allowed to attend in small numbers provided they are in groups of two households only, or no larger than six people from different households, and adhere to social distancing measures.

The culture secretary said the government was also changing the planning rules to protect theatres, concert halls and live music venues forced to close during the pandemic from demolition or change of use.


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