The UK Approves Socially Distant Indoor Concerts Starting In August

When it comes to the entertainment and music industry, Europe is on track to enjoy the rest of the summer onward as festivals, concerts, and more resume. While several countries already kicked-off their festival season earlier this month starting with BSH Festival in Croatia, they are now joined by the United Kingdom. Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, hinted last week that indoor concerts would resume starting in August.

Today, the UK’s Secretary of State Oliver Dowden officially confirmed that indoor concerts would reopen August 1st, 2020 with the following statement:

The UK’s performing arts sector is renowned across the world and I am pleased that we are making real progress in getting its doors reopened to the public with social distancing. From August indoor theatres, music venues and performance spaces will safely welcome audiences back across the country.

Along with the reopening comes adjusted guidelines to safely reopen. Precautions include strict sanitation procedures, social distancing, reduced capacities and crowd sizes, and online ticketing to limit the potential spread of the virus. Despite the required changes that are inevitable going forward, the opening of indoor concerts, festivals, and events even with restrictions in place is a big step in the right direction for countries that follow guidelines and reduce infection rates.

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