Statements from SOLT & UK Theatre following Government announcement of post-lockdown COVID restrictions

Statements from UK Theatre & SOLT following Government announcement of post-lockdown COVID restrictions

This afternoon, the Government has announced the restrictions that will apply in England from 3 December after the current lockdown period ends.

Each area will be in one of three tiers.

  • Under Tier 3, the highest risk area, theatres and concert halls will not be permitted to open to audiences.
  • In Tiers 1 and 2, audiences will be restricted for indoor venues to 50% capacity or 1000 seats, whichever is the lower.

We issued the following statement following the Government announcement to the press and on social media.

'Today’s announcement of new restrictions for performing arts venues in all tiers has shaken an already fragile sector. Closure of venues in tier 3 areas will mean cancellation of pantos and other shows, risking organisations’ long-term survival and leaving theatre freelancers adrift with no compensation. The capacity constraints in tiers 1 and 2 will lead to financial problems for venues and disappointment for audiences. It is unclear why these have been instituted in a sector with no known spread of the virus. As ever, we remain committed to working with Government to secure the survival of our world-leading theatre sector.'

The latest details can be found at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-winter-plan/covid-19-winter-plan-summary

The Government is due to announce which area of England will be in which tier on Thursday.

Date Published: 23 November 2020
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