Date Published: 14 August 2020
The Government announced last night that theatres may reopen for indoor performances with socially distanced audiences from Saturday 15 August, marking Stage 4 of the government’s 5-stage roadmap.
Julian Bird, Chief Executive of SOLT and UK Theatre, said:
"We are delighted that from Saturday the government has announced that stage 4 of the roadmap can proceed and allow the opening of indoor performances with social distancing - this is a step further to full reopening and will help those theatres who have already made innovative plans to open. Theatre wants to take its place alongside restaurants, galleries, museums and cinemas in being a major contributor to the economic and social recovery of the nation, as well as entertaining our audiences and supporting our local communities."
This follows the delay two weeks ago which saw activities that had been due to start on 1 August delayed due to a rise in the number of new Coronavirus cases in the UK. Theatres are among the businesses that will be allowed to re-open with social distancing measures from tomorrow, alongside casinos, bowling alleys, and beauty salons.