The Roadmap to Reopening Theatres is Unveiled

February 22, 2021 - 377 views

The proposed easing of coronavirus lockdown restrictions by spring.

The Government has unveiled a proposed timeline that could lead to the reopening of theatres at full capacity by June 21st. The new roadmap is, of course, dependent on continued coronavirus vaccine distribution and the effectiveness of current lockdown efforts.

Following Steps 1 and 2 of the roadmap (which largely affect schools and small outdoor gatherings), Step 3 will allow for the reopening of outdoor theatre venues as well as indoor theatres with certain restrictions. Indoor arts venues will be limited to a capacity of 50 percent or 1,000 people (whichever is lower).

Currently, Step 3 is set to go into effect no earlier than May 17, though the exact date could change based on the state of the pandemic at that time (confirmation of the easing will be announced one week in advance)

Step 4, pencilled in for June 21st (or at least five weeks after Step 3), eases all remaining capacity restrictions for theatres. Continued precautions, however, such as COVID-19 status certification and enhanced testing, may be implemented.

The reopening plan underlines the economic impact of implementing these steps, hoping that venues will be able to retain employees and that safe, regulated gatherings will have a positive impact on everyone’s mental well-being after lockdown.