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Cambridge’s Jesus Green Lido announces planned opening date as pools, gyms, nail bars allowed to resume




Jesus Green Lido. Picture: Keith Heppell
Jesus Green Lido. Picture: Keith Heppell

Swimming pools, gyms and nail bars have been given the green light to reopen, and outdoor performances will be permitted in the latest easing of lockdown restrictions.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden announced the changes at Downing Street today (Thursday), and among the raft of measures was the return of grassroots sports, starting with cricket on Saturday.

Outdoor arts performances have permission to return from this weekend as well, while beauticians, tattooists, spas and tanning salons can come back from Monday (July 13).

What can open when:

  • Indoor gyms, swimming pools and sports facilities can reopen from July 25
  • Grassroots sport will be able to return from this coming weekend, beginning with cricket, but sports governing bodies must submit 'detailed safety plans' before returning this summer
  • Outdoor arts performances, including theatres, opera, dance and music, will be able to resume from Saturday (July 11), with restricted audience numbers
  • Singing and the playing of brass and wind instruments will be allowed in professional environments, with specific scientific studies on the risks had been commissioned.
  • Small pilots of indoor performances, with socially distanced audiences, will also take place to help work out the best way for them to restart
  • Beauticians, tattooists, spas, tanning salons and other so-called close-contact services can reopen from Monday, July 13. But there will be “some restrictions on particularly high-risk services”
  • Outdoor pools and water parks can reopen from this Saturday (July 11).

But Cambridge swimmers will have to wait a little while longer for Jesus Green Lido to welcome back customers.

Daryl Emes, Cambridge partnership manager for GLL, said: “While we are delighted by the government’s announcement today, giving us opening dates for leisure centres, pools and gyms, we were taken by surprise to hear open air pools and lidos could reopen this Saturday, having had no prior information or notice this may be the case.

“We have a lot of work to do to get Jesus Green Lido up and running again, while also getting staff back from furlough and ensuring they are trained in Covid-Secure operating procedures.

“That means we won’t be in a position to open this Saturday, but hope to do so on Saturday, July 25.”

It was anticipated that the lido will be a very different model to how it used to be on reopening with the focus on a swimming provision rather than a place for families to take a picnic and spend the day, but details are to be confirmed.

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