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The confusing Super Saturday rules you must follow from tomorrow from BYO cutlery at restaurants to no gossip at salons

THE nation has long braced itself for Super Saturday, when pubs, restaurants, salons and cinemas will finally reopen.

But from bringing your own cutlery to no gossiping at salons, there are plenty of rules you will need to follow. Here’s what you need to know.

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EATING OUT

What’s happening?

Restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars can reopen from July 4, with both indoor and outdoor seating options – so long as social distancing is possible.

What to expect:

Most venues will be taking bookings only, including pubs, with two- or three-hour reservation slots available.

It will be table service only, with tables spaced at least one metre apart.

Queuing systems will be enforced with one-way arrows in place.

Groups of up to six can sit together outdoors but you won’t be able to mix with people from another household indoors.

Contactless pay will be mandatory in most places and customers will have to leave their contact details with the venue for 21 days so they can be traced if needed.

Cutlery and condiments won’t be laid out on tables and some venues are even suggesting customers bring their own. Menus will also be limited and there will be no live music.

HOLIDAYS

What’s happening?

All hotels, B&Bs, holiday apartments, caravan parks and campsites can open from tomorrow if they feel it is safe to do so. The only exception is comunal youth hostel dorms.

What to expect:

You can expect pre-arrival health questionnaires, full payment on booking and digital check-ins where available. Face masks are not obligatory but some venues will ask you to wear them in communal areas.

Many lobbies will have digital temperature scanners to check guests’ temperatures and some venues will leave bedrooms free for up to 72 hours between guests.

There will be no mini bar or reusable toiletries but some guests will get sealed packs containing disposable essentials on arrival.

The breakfast buffet is no more, with table service only and staggered arrival times. Room service is encouraged. Gyms and pools remain closed.

BEAUTY SERVICES

What’s happening?

Hairdressers and barbers can reopen tomorrow, including freelance stylists who come to your home.

Other beauty services, including nail bars, spas, waxing studios, massage parlours tanning salons, tattoo and piercing studios will stay shut.

What to expect:

Service will be by appointment only, there will be health questionnaires and, in some cases, temperature scans on arrival, as well as compulsory hand sanitiser.

Stylists will wear face masks with transparent visors and customers will be expected to wear their own face covering.

There will be no refreshments or magazines and many hairdressers will have a ‘no gossip’ policy to limit people interacting.

Music will be turned down low to prevent shouting, and cloakroom facilities will be limited.

You’ll have to wear a disposable gown, and payment – taken before your haircut to ensure a swift exit – will be by card only.

You can also expect long delays between clients as staff disinfect combs, brushes and scissors, as well as chairs and other treatment surfaces.

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LEISURE FACILITIES

What’s happening?

Outdoor playparks, skate parks and gyms will reopen from tomorrow, along with amusement arcades and outdoor skating rinks.

Indoor gyms, soft play areas, bowling alleys, dance/fitness studios, and indoor and outdoor pools remain closed until further notice.

What to expect:

Equipment will be cleaned regularly and may be out of action for several hours a day while it’s being sanitised.

Capacity will be limited, with only children from the same household or bubble allowed to use play park equipment at the same time.

Some councils may urge visitors to wear face masks. Expect hand sanitiser stations and outdoor sinks with hand-washing facilities.

FAMILY FUN

What’s happening?

All major theme parks, adventure parks, funfairs and model villages are set to reopen on July 4, as are indoor attractions at zoos and safari parks, aquariums and enclosed areas of gardens, heritage sites and landmarks. Water parks and water rides will remain closed until further notice.

What to expect:

Buy your tickets online and bring a face mask or covering. Alton Towers, Thorpe Park and Chessington World of Adventures recommend you wear them at all times (except children under six) and they must be warn on certain close-contact rides.

Admissions will be limited to allow social distancing (including empty rows on rides) and stewards will be on hand to discourage mingling.

Parking will also be subject to distance guidelines, so expect a longer walk than normal to the entrance and more queuing.

Visitors will also have their temperature scanned on arrival and rides will be cleaned every half hour at most venues. 

WEDDINGS

What’s happening?

Weddings and civil partnerships can go ahead from July 4, but numbers are limited to 30 people, including the couple, witnesses, staff and officiants.

Government guidelines advise against receptions, allowing small, socially distanced celebrations only. Guests must either be a group of up to two households indoors, or up to six people from different households outdoors.

What to expect:

Short, functional ceremonies, with no singing and a maximum of 30 guests spaced well apart.

This will likely mean the father-of-the-bride will not be able to walk his daughter down the aisle, and group photos will likely be scrapped.

The bride, groom and best man must wash their hands before and after the giving of rings, with many venues installing hand sanitiser stations at the end of the aisle.

Vows must be said quietly. Brass and woodwind instruments should be avoided – and, if singing or chanting is required, it should be by one person only, and behind a screen if possible.

Face coverings are not obligatory but some venues may ask staff to wear them.

CINEMA TRIPS

What’s happening?

There will be a staggered reopening of all major cinema chains. Showcase is the only chain to be reopening all its cinemas tomorrow.

Odeon will open ten venues up and down the country, followed by the rest on July 16.

Vue will start reopening its cinemas on July 10, as will Picturehouse. Cineworld won’t begin reopening its venues until July 31.

What to expect:

Allocated seating, online booking and staggered film times to reduce crowds in lobbies. There will be one-way systems in place and audiences will be spaced well apart.

You’ll have to download your tickets to your phone or print them at home, and they’ll be checked by a member of staff on arrival.

Customers will be asked to wash their hands on entry and exit, with hand sanitiser stations and anti-bacterial soap in all toilets.

Screens have been installed at most ticket and snack counters, with some chains offering pre-booked popcorn and drink options only.

RELIGION

What’s happening?

Churches, mosques and other places of worship are open to the public from tomorrow, although private services such as funerals and baptisms are limited to 30 people.

What to expect:

Scheduled services only. While there’s no cap on congregation numbers, people must be socially distanced.

Expect screens and outdoor worship to maximise capacity, as well as floor markers and pews cordoned off to keep households apart.


Visitors will be asked to wash hands on entering and leaving the building, and provide full contact details so venues can trace them for up to 21 days if needed.

There will be disposable hymn sheets, which members of the congregation should take home with them after the service. No collection plate will be handed round.

Hymn-singing, chanting and loud music are not advised and only string instruments can be played. Face coverings are voluntary, and there will be no tea or coffee tables after the service.

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