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PremierLeague-News.Com - The Government's roadmap announcement has paved the way for theatres to reopen soon
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Theatres have not been open to a full audience since they were forced to shut for the first time in March last year.But the Government’s roadmap announcement on Monday has paved the way for theatre-goers to return soon.Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a four-step plan which includes dates for hospitality venues and non-essential retail to reopen, as well as live music venues.The i newsletter latest news and analysisEmail address is invalidThank you for subscribing!Sorry, there was a problem with your subscription.Here’s when theatres are likely to reopen.Under the Government’s four-stage roadmap, theatres will be reopened as part of the third step on 17 May at the earliest.The third step will allow limited indoor mixing “with social distancing” in place – although it is not clear what size performances will be allowed.Mr Johnson also revealed that 30-person gatherings will be allowed outdoors, and two households will be able to mix indoors during this stage.The social distancing limits placed on live performance will likely allow only small productions to return until all restrictions are lifted later in June.Theatres have not been allowed to open fully since the first lockdown in March last year. (Photo: Getty)The Prime Minister has previously said lateral flow tests or vaccine passports could be used to help the ailing live music and theatre industries.On Monday he announced that senior minister Michael Gove will lead a review into the possible use of vaccine passports to access currently closed venues, such as pubs and theatres.
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.“Plus lateral flow testing, rapid testing for those bits of the economy that are the toughest nuts to crack, such as nightclubs or theatres.“Those parts of the economy we couldn’t get open last year. That will be the route that we go down and that businesses will go down.”Several theatres have been struggling throughout lockdown, with a number of smaller venues warning they are unlikely to survive the pandemic.The Government responded by giving them a £1.57bn funding boost to keep them afloat until lockdown is lifted.Many theatres have had to rely on live streams and digital productions in the meantime.Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said local institutions needed to be protected as much as the “crown jewels” in London’s West End.“We will be prioritising it to those institutions that need it most, starting with the crown jewels of our national life – the Royal Albert Halls and so on of this world,” he said.“But also making sure it reaches every part of the United Kingdom, the Leeds Playhouse or wherever else across the UK, where culture matters to people and matters to the local economy.”
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