Indoor music and performance venues allowed to reopen with socially distanced audiences


From Saturday 15th August (the weekend just gone), lockdown measures were eased further in England. Under the latest changes, indoor theatre, music and performance venues are allowed to reopen with socially distanced audiences…

Indoor performances with socially-distanced audiences in theatres, music and performance venues were allowed from the weekend just gone, 2 weeks later than originally planned.

Audiences attending theatres and music venues will have to wear face coverings, as part of an extension to the rule announced last week.

It marks the progression to stage four of the government’s roadmap to recovery, with stage five allowing venues and theatres to reopen fully, without social distancing.

This is tentative good news for the live music industry, and the MIA welcomes this announcement – our own part of the music industry depends on musicians being able to work!

BUT….there will clearly be huge challenges to over-come, such as how audiences will socially distance and how venues will make money when they can’t sell to full capacity. The focus for small venues is going to be operating in a safe way that is also financially viable.

The MIA have long championed and supported the Music Venue Trust in all their endeavours to help protect the UK’s grassroots music venues. We continue to work together, and we will keep you updated on the success of the re-opening of indoor venues.