News – GB – Live Music “at the end of the queue to reopen”


The executive director of a live music trade association said the industry was “at the back of the queue to reopen” coronavirus restrictions will be lifted

The comments come after Prime Minister Boris Johnson outlined his four-step plan to get England out of lockdown

Mr Johnson said Monday that he hoped step four would lift all legal restrictions on social contact

But Greg Parmley, executive director of Live, said his sector could “lag behind the rest of the economy for months”

“The Chancellor must recognize our expanded budget closure and provide the economic support needed to secure the jobs and livelihoods of the hundreds of thousands of people who work in our industry during this pandemic,” he said / p>

With the proposed second step, which will not be earlier than 12 Done April, the outdoor hospitality, including the drive-in theaters, could return

Step three, at least five weeks later, at the earliest on 17 May, would follow, could allow limited indoor mixing

Mark Davyd, chief executive of the Music Venue Trust, welcomed the schedule for the return of socially distant events, but now hoped for “industry-specific financial assistance to reduce the damage being done to businesses and lives” Careers and Families Across the Live Music Industry “

Jon Morgan, director of The Theaters Trust, said he supported “the government’s cautious approach to easing lockdown restrictions”

“We want to make our contribution to people’s safety and not be in a situation where the theaters reopen too early to be closed again after a short time,” he said

Michael Kill, executive director of the Night Time Industries Association’s trade association, said: “We are delighted to hear the Prime Minister’s statement include the inclusion of a schedule for night economy businesses, especially for some of the hardest hit businesses like nightclubs, Bars and casinos, many of which have been closed since March 2020 “

He added: “The sector desperately needs additional clarity on the reopening and critical financial support from the Chancellor to avoid economic and social damage that will last a generation”

Last summer the government announced the launch of their £ 1.5 billion Culture Restoration Fund to tackle the crisis cultural organizations and heritage sites are facing, however, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden admitted the money couldn’t save all artists and venues

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