A TANNING studio has said they are "ecstatic" after being given the go-ahead to reopen.

The Tanning Studio & Nailbar in St John's has welcomed the government's announcement that beauticians, tattooists, spas, tanning salons will be able to welcome back customers from Monday.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden announced the latest lockdown loosening at a press conference this afternoon.

Pam Hall from The Tanning Studio said: "I’m ecstatic and thrilled that the government has announced that we can finally reopen.

"We are overwhelmed by all the messages we are currently receiving from clients and new customer who are desperate to get their nails done.

"We are opening seven days a week to accommodate everyone. I’m sure all nail technicians across England will be celebrating tonight."

Mr Dowden has also said at the press conference in the last hour that outdoor pools will be able to reopen from Saturday, to be followed by indoor pools, gyms and other sports facilities from July 25.

Theatres, opera, dance and music will also be able to resume outdoors from the weekend, although audience numbers will be restricted and will be subject to social-distancing rules.

And the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has also published guidance to enable competitive grassroots team sports to resume, beginning with cricket at the weekend.

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Pure Gym in St Martin's Gate recently slammed the government for there being no gym announcement, in a statement saying: "It is a strange ‘war on obesity’ that sees pubs and restaurants open before gyms."

Tim Kirkham, regional manager for Wychavon Leisure that manages Droitwich Lido had said earlier this week they had been working on a plan for re-opening, but were waiting for official advice and the go-ahead to reopen.

He added pools and leisure centres were worried about the future long-term, especially as the season for outdoor pools is short.