Manchester music venues Deaf Institute and Gorilla to close
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Music venues set to reopen this weekend

Music venues and theatres are set to be given the green light to finally reopen their doors again this weekend after months of uncertainty.

Under the plans to get audiences back watching entertainment there will also be trials of having crowds sports events with socially distanced spectators, with the first event set to be the final of the World Snooker Championship at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre this weekend.

The culture secretary, Oliver Dowden, said: “The nation’s hard work to keep the virus under control means we can now make further careful progress on recovery with allowing audiences back for indoor performances, fans back at sports events and the reopening of more Covid-19-secure leisure businesses.”

It’s likely that social distancing and increased safety measures will have to be put in place at music venues from Saturday, much like in restaurants or pubs. However, somewhat unsurprisingly there is a lack of clarity for venues on what measures they have to put in place in order for music to return which leaves them in an awkward position.

The UK’s first socially distanced concerts have taken place this week with a pair of concerts by Sam Fender at Newcastle’s Virgin Money Unity Arena. This looks like it will be the future of large style gigs for the foreseeable future while the Government remains coy on how indoor music venues can operate once they are given the green light to open their doors again.

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