Lockdown restrictions are set to be eased further across England following a major announcement from Boris Johnson.

The Prime Minister confirmed plans late yesterday evening (August 13) to open up more of the economy from Saturday.

It means that a range of venues will be able to open their doors again, from theatres to music and performance venues, as the green light was given for socially-distanced indoor performances in England.

Wedding receptions for up to 30 people will also be permitted in the new changed as well as bowling alleys and soft play areas allowed to open up.

However, nightclubs, dance halls, and discotheques, as well as sexual entertainment venues and hostess bars, remain closed in law.

The moves were postponed from August 1 due to concerns about a slight increase in the number of people in England testing positive but that now appears to have levelled off.

Bowling alleys can reopen from Saturday

However, not everywhere in Lancashire will see the benefit.

The changes will not apply in the specific areas where local restrictions are in place.

For Lancashire, that means Hyndburn, Rossendale, Blackburn with Darwen, Burnley, Pendle and Preston will not see any lockdown easing.

The boroughs have all been put under lockdown due to recent spikes in infection rates.

However, the new changes will still go ahead for other areas in Lancashire not imposed by local restrictions.

Lockdown announcement Aug 13

That includes Blackpool, Ribble Valley, Lancaster, Morecambe, Fylde, Wyre, South Ribble, Chorley, and West Lancashire.

Here is every change coming to the lockdown from August 15:

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While easing restrictions, Boris Johnson has warned he will "put the brakes on" if required in a bid to stop the spread of the virus.

The Prime Minister said: “Most people in this country are following the rules and doing their bit to control the virus, but we must remain focused and we cannot be complacent.

“That is why we are strengthening the enforcement powers available to use against those who repeatedly flout the rules.

“At every stage I have said our plan to reopen society and the economy is conditional and that it relies on continued progress against the virus.

“Today, we are able to announce some further changes which will allow more people to return to work and the public to get back to more of the things they have missed.

“However, as I have always said, we will not hesitate to put on the brakes if required, or to continue to implement local measures to help to control the spread of the virus.”

New guidance will also mean that staff offering “close contact” services, including hairdressers, will now have to wear a face mask as well as a clear visor.

The move, which follows new evidence from the scientific advisory group for emergencies (Sage) is aimed at protecting customers and staff from respiratory droplets caused by sneezing, coughing, or speaking.

The guidance also applies to businesses that operate remotely, such as massage therapists working in people’s homes, and those learning in vocational training environments.co