Y Not Festival 2020 cancelled due to coronavirus
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The UK government confirms outdoor concerts can return from this weekend

It has been announced by the UK government that outdoor gigs can return from this weekend. However, the audiences will still have to abide by social distancing measures.

There will also be a number of small indoor “test events” that are set to take place in order to see how indoor venues could potentially operate with these measures in place. They include a performance by the London Symphony Orchestra at St. Luke’s Church, performances at the London Palladium and at Butlin’s holiday parks.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said during a televised Downing Street briefing today that the move is “an important milestone for our performing artists, who have been waiting patiently in the wings since March”.

He added: “Of course we won’t see crowds flooding into their venues, but from July 11 our theatres, operas, dance and music shows can start putting on outdoor performances to socially distant audiences.

“That means theatregoers can experience a live play for the first time in months at places like the stunning Minack Theatre in Cornwall, and music lovers can attend Glyndebourne this summer.”

Capacities for outdoor venues will be reduced in order to maintain social distancing measures, and they will be asked to use an electronic ticketing system as well as keeping a record of visitor details in case they are needed by the track and trace system.

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