INDOOR cinemas and bingo halls will remain closed until May 17 under plans to unlock England from the current lockdown.
The Prime Minister revealed today that they will stay closed for at least another month – but outdoor entertainment can restart next week.
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Boris Johnson confirmed that the next step out of lockdown will go ahead on April 12Credit: PA
Cinemas won’t be allowed to reopen until MayCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Cinemas and bingo halls have been closed since England was plunged into lockdown on January 4 2021.
And now, outdoor hospitality, including zoos, theme parks, drive-in cinemas and drive-in performances events can open again on April 12.
Schools were first to reopen on March 8 and Brits were allowed to meet one friend or family member in an outside space for a picnic or coffee.
The next significant milestone was March 29 when outdoors gatherings of either six people or two households were allowed, reuniting friends for the first time in months.
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The same date saw the return on outdoor sports such as tennis, golf and even football.
And from April 12, hairdressers and beauty salons can reopen, Boris said today.
The Prime Minister insisted that the timeline for businesses to reopen relies heavily on the “four steps to freedom“.
These include the vaccine roll out continuing as planned and evidence that the jabs are effective at reducing hospitalisations and deaths.
Timeline for businesses reopening after lockdown
PRIME Minister Boris Johnson has outlined his roadmap for easing England out of lockdown.
Businesses will be allowed to reopen on the following dates, as long as the “four steps to freedom” are met.
- Hospitality outdoors
- Self-catered staycations with one household
- Indoor hospitality
- Indoor exercise gyms
- Bingo halls
- Sports stadiums to reopen but capped to 10,000 fans
Infection rates must not overwhelm the NHS and as long as new variants are not a threat, then unlocking the country can go ahead as planned.
Indoor cinemas and bingo halls have been hit hard financially by the impact of the pandemic.
They were among the last businesses to be allowed to reopen following the first national lockdown in 2020.
They were also forced to close again between November 5 and December 5 2020 during the second national lockdown.
Both premises had implemented a spate of rules to keep customers and workers safe from coronavirus when they were allowed to reopen.
These included sitting people from different households two metres apart from each other, putting up screens between bingo tables and asking customers to hand sanitise when they enter the buildings.
The move affected 5,500 employees, as well as thousands more roles through contractual work such as cleaning and security.
Shortly afterwards, Odeon decided to run a weekend only schedule in around a quarter of its 120 branches.
In July, Buzz Bingo announced it would be permanently closing 26 halls affecting 573 jobs.