More positive news this week for nightlife in the UK as Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced today ‘Audiences adhering to social distancing will be able to return to indoor theatres, music and performance venues from 1 August’.
This is subject to the success of pilot schemes that will be taking place this month. Audiences, performers and venues will be expected to maintain social distancing at all times. Guidance for the performing arts, published earlier this month, also sets out further measures to support the safe return of audiences, including:
Reduced venue capacity and limited ticket sales to ensure social distancing can be maintained
Tickets will be purchased online and venues encouraged to use e-tickets to reduce contact and help with track and trace
Venues should have clearly communicated social distancing marking in place in areas where queues form and adopt a limited entry approach
Increased deep cleaning of venues
DJs must observe social distancing wherever possible
This follows the government’s announcement of £1.57 billion funding for the arts, culture and heritage sector earlier this month. Details of which are still to be announced.
Safe to say this is a major step forward to us returning to normality. We now wait in anticipation to see which promoters will be coming back first. Safe to say I’ve missed standing front left and this a step closer to that.