Stage 4 of reopening DELAYED

31 July 2020

The government has announced that activities that had been due to restart on 1 August have been delayed due to the recent rise in cases in the UK – this includes stage 4 under the reopening of performing arts so indoor performances are still NOT permitted at the current time. This change will continue for at least a fortnight, with indoor performances with social distanced audiences being allowed from 15 August at the earliest (although that date could move later). Outdoor performances with social distanced audiences (stage 3 of the roadmap) are allowed to continue – subject to any local restrictions.

Mr Johnson told a Downing Street briefing: “With those numbers creeping up, our assessment is that we should squeeze that brake pedal… in order to keep the virus under control.

“On Saturday August 1, you’ll remember we had hoped to reopen a number of the higher-risk settings that had remained closed and today I’m saying we’re postponing those changes for at least a fortnight.

“That means until August 15 at the earliest casinos, bowling alleys, skating rinks and the remaining close-contact services must remain closed.

“Indoor performances will not resume, pilots of larger gatherings in sports venues and conference centres will not take place, and wedding receptions of up to 30 people will not be permitted.”

He said that despite progress being made in combating Covid-19, the UK cannot think it is exempt from a rise in cases.