21 July 2020
UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has announced that indoor performances will be allowed in England from 1 August – given everyone in attendance follows social distancing rules.
From next month, members of the entertainment industry will be partnering with the government on pilot performances that will help to establish guidelines for future indoor acts.
The department for digital, culture, media, and sport said that the decision implements the fourth stage of five for the resuming of the performing arts. Earlier stages allowed for socially distanced rehearsals, and broadcasting, recording, and outdoor performances.
Large audiences attending indoor events will be the final restriction eased.
Venues that are reopening will be obliged to ensure audience safety.
According to the government, hosts should reduce their seating capacity, extraneously clean their environments, and introduce clear social distancing markers – similar to those found in supermarkets.
Tickets will also be purchased online to maximize safety. Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, responded to the announcement stating, ‘The UK’s performing arts sector is renowned across the world, and I am pleased that we are making real progress in getting its doors reopened to the public with social distancing.’
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