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Full list of Odeon cinemas reopening from July 4 across the UK

The nation’s largest cinema chain, Odeon, has announced it will begin reopening cinemas from Saturday 4 July, with new health and safety measures in place.

Ten Odeon cinemas in England will be the first to open, with a further 88 UK cinemas set to reopen by 16 July.

To ensure guests can enjoy the Odeon safer cinema experience in the most controlled environment, the group has worked with the UK Cinema Association and UK Government to introduce enhanced health and safety measures to each site. These safety measures include:

Carol Welch, Managing Director UK & IRE said: “We are excited to confirm that from 4 July, our UK cinemas will begin reopening.  We’ve carefully planned every step of our guest journey and put safety measures in place that will enable our highly trained colleagues to provide a controlled and safer cinema experience for all our guests.

“New measures include social

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Operators of gyms and swimming pools query England’s lockdown inconsistencies

The government has given the green light to a night out in a pub or restaurant in England but gym workouts, swimming pools, nightclub dance floors and even manicures are still off limits – prompting accusations of glaring inconsistencies as the lockdown is eased.

The chief executive of PureGym, the UK’s biggest gym chain, said he was “bitterly disappointed” by the delay in opening its 269 gyms and questioned the government’s commitment to tackling obesity. “It is a strange war on obesity that sees pubs and restaurants open before gyms,” said Humphrey Cobbold who highlighted that the company had already safely reopened its gyms in Switzerland and Denmark.

Jane Nickerson, the chief executive of Swim England, called on the government to urgently rethink its decision: “Prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that it’s safer to go into a pub than a pool and I’ll shut up. But if not,

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UK auto industry calls for dedicated restart package to save jobs

The harsh reality of the Covid crisis for the UK’s £18.6 billion automotive sector is laid bare today by a new member survey from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) revealing that up to one in six jobs are at risk of redundancy.

With a third of automotive workers still furloughed, the end of the government’s job retention lifeline in November highlights the critical need for a dedicated restart support package to safeguard these jobs.

More than 6,000 UK automotive job cuts have been announced in June, a result of global lockdowns, closed markets and shuttered plants. Showrooms in England and Wales are now re-opening and production lines restarting, but reduced demand and social distancing are slowing productivity.

SMMT is calling on government to address this with a support package for the entire sector to help drive demand and ease cash flow. Measures including unfettered access to emergency

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Soho House group lands $100m injection from Burkle-led consortium

Soho House has secured a $100m (£81m) equity injection to shore up its finances after the coronavirus pandemic hampered spending across its global network of upmarket venues.

It is understood that Ron Burkle, the American billionaire who is Soho House’s biggest investor, led a group comprising new and existing shareholders in providing the new money in recent weeks.

Sources said the investment was made at the same $2bn valuation at which the company raised $100m late last year, underlining its backers’ confidence in the future of the business.

Many of the group’s sites have reopened as overseas governments have eased lockdown restrictions, with its UK clubs and hotels hoping to resume trading early next month, in line with government guidance.

Soho House, which has explored a public listing in New York for the last couple of years, has grown at breakneck pace over the last decade, opening clubs in Barcelona,

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Plans to turn House of Fraser in Westfield into co-working space

A branch of House of Fraser in one of London’s top shopping centres could be turned into a WeWork-style office space, in the latest indication of the tough environment for retailers and their landlords.

An application to Hammersmith and Fulham council by the owner of Westfield London includes a plan to convert about two-thirds of the 104,000 sq ft (9662 sq metre) store into a co-working space.

No operator has been lined up to run the office space as yet and Westfield is considering running the operation itself if no viable alternative emerges, according to Estates Gazette, the trade journal that first reported Westfield’s plans.

Another department store chain, Debenhams, recently exited the west London shopping centre after Westfield refused demands for hefty rent cuts. The space is being converted into an outlet store for Harrods.

The House of Fraser’s store will reopen this week. The shopping centre’s owner, Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield,

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