Indoor live performances to resume from August 1

Prime minister Boris Johnson made the announcement during a press briefing today (July 17).

He said: "We will restart indoor performances to a live audience, subject to the success of pilots, and we will also pilot larger gatherings in venues like sports stadia with a view to a wider reopening in the autumn."

He added: "All of these measures, for August 1, should be done in a Covid-secure way."

Johnson also said it may be "conceivably possible" to move away from social distancing measures such as the one-metre rule by November at the earliest, which will be "entirely conditional on our ability to keep the virus under control".

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is currently working with the sector on pilots of performances which will inform the final guidance for venues.

These will include the London Symphony Orchestra at St Luke’s in London, with further events to be announced.

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