From August indoor theaters, music venues and performance spaces will safely welcome audiences back across the country,” U.K. culture secretary announces
U.K.’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport announced Friday that indoor concerts can resume in the country beginning August 1st as long as audiences adhere to social distancing protocols.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson and culture secretary Oliver Dowden announced that, as part of Phase 4 of England’s COVID-19 reopening plans, “theaters, music halls and other venues” can allow for indoor audiences following a successful pilot program at the London Symphony.
“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. From August indoor theaters, music venues and performance spaces will safely welcome audiences back across the country,” Dowden said in a statement.
“This is a welcome step in the path to a return to normal and, coupled with our £1.57 billion rescue plan.”
Among the mandates for indoor venues reopening are reduced capacity and limited ticket sales to ensure social distancing requirement are met, increased deep cleaning of venues, use of e-tickets and “performers, conductors, musicians must observe social distancing wherever possible.”
The culture department added that venues can allow for fuller audiences upon Phase 5 of the reopening plan.
The plan to reopen indoor venues in the U.K. follows the announcement of the world’s “first dedicated socially distanced music venue” in Newcastle, England, with Supergrass, the Libertines and Two Door Cinema Club booked to play the racetrack-sized outdoor arena in August.