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Concert Halls and Theatres: Coronvirus

Question for Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

UIN 34540, tabled on 16 July 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will review his policy of lifting covid-19 lockdown restrictions on 19 July 2021 in (a) theatres and (b) concert halls.

Answered on

23 July 2021

On 19 July, England moved to Stage 4 of the Roadmap with many of the remaining legal restrictions being lifted. However, given the continued risks of the virus, the Government has been clear that this is not yet a return to normal and that people should remain cautious given the continued risks of the virus.

While there is no perfect time to relax existing restrictions, moving to step 4 means that relaxations coincide with the end of the school term, and will take place over the summer when both more activities can take place outdoors and pressures on the NHS are lower than in the autumn and winter months.

The Government may need to take measures to help manage the virus during periods of higher risk, such as winter, but will as far as possible prioritise strengthened guidance and seek to avoid imposing restrictions that have significant economic, social and health costs.