The economy is opening up but some LGBT venues will remain closed by law.
In a blow to the LGBT+ economy, gay saunas and clubs will be unable to open when huge parts of the economy will be allowed to cautiously reopen on the 4th July.
Nightclubs and spas (which includes gay bathhouses) will not be allowed to reopen, the government has confirmed.
It had been hoped that saunas and clubs would be allowed to reopen on the 4th July, however, there are a number of businesses which cannot open until further notice, due to the possibility of infection spread.
What cannot open from 4 July?
The following places will remain closed by law
- Nightclubs and casinos
- Bowling alleys and indoor skating rinks
- Indoor play areas including soft-play
- Nail bars and beauty salons
- Massage, tattoo and piercing parlours
- Indoor fitness and dance studios, and indoor gyms and sports venues/facilities
- Swimming pools and water parks
- Exhibition or conference centres – other than for those who work for that venue
There are different rules in place for Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland, all of which are considered stricter and tighter than England’s lockdown easement.