Lockdown: James Cleverly on possibility of 'last lockdown'
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Swimming pools have been told to close for the duration of the January and February lockdown. But Prime Minister Boris Johnson has provided the public with an update on when they can expect swimming pools to re-open once again.
When will swimming pools reopen?
Swimming pools will be allowed to reopen from April 12, the Prime Minister has revealed.
The restrictions will also be lifted for gyms, which have also been ordered to close.
It’s still unclear whether the restrictions will be eased for both outdoor and indoor swimming pools.
You should also only visit your local swimming pool with members of your own household at first.
The Prime Minister said: “The threat remains substantial, with the numbers in hospital only now beginning to fall below the peak of the first wave in April.
“But we are able to take these steps because of the resolve of the British public and the extraordinary success of our NHS in vaccinating more than 17.5 million people across the UK.”
“In step two [April 12], non-essential retail will reopen, as will personal care including hairdressers I’m glad to say, and nail salons.
“Indoor leisure facilities such as gyms will re-open, as will holiday-lets, but only for use by individuals or household groups.”
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Swimming pools were ordered to close at the start of January, when the Prime Minister announced the third national lockdown.
Both indoor and outdoor swimming pools were told to close, meaning all organised sporting activities and swimming lessons came to a sudden halt.
All swimming pools were closed for the duration of the first and second lockdowns.
But the Government allowed outdoor swimming pools and gyms to reopen in the middle of July, as part of their plan to relax restrictions.
The Prime Minister announced his roadmap out of lockdown in the House of Commons, in an address to MPs.
He will also be leading a Downing Street press briefing later tonight, at 7pm.
All schools are set to be open on March 8, after being shut for two months.
Two people from separate households will also be allowed to sit down together in a public recreational space.
Three weeks later, on March 29, up to six people – or two households – will be allowed to meet outdoors from March 29.
These gatherings will include private gardens, while outdoor sports facilities – including tennis and basketball – will also reopen to the public.
All restrictions going forward will be eased very slowly, however.
They’ll only be lifted in stages, and four key conditions must be met before going ahead with the plans.
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