Theatres can reopen from May 17, Johnson confirms

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Theatres across England and begin to reopen from May 17, the prime minister confirmed this evening but still with severe limitations.

They can only open with social distancing, with numbers capped at 50% of capacity of 1,000 people indoors, or 4,000 outdoors.

But it seems likely that venues will be able to open without social distancing at last from June 21.

“Today’s confirmation that Step 3 of the government roadmap will go ahead on 17 May is very good news, allowing England’s theatre industry to begin the process of reopening:” said Julian Bird of UK Theatre. “A number of theatres will be welcoming audiences back to socially distanced performances while also creating work for our world leading workforce.”

 

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