February 22nd 2021
On February 22nd, the Government set out the roadmap to easing lockdown in England including the four steps towards ending of social distancing and the conditions of reopening. The announcement includes specific reference to music venues and events at various steps, as well as the reopening of non-essential retail and other premises.
The changes that are set out in the roadmap will all be tested against the following four tests and any move to the next step will be contingent on them being met:
- The Vaccine programme continues successfully
- Evidence shows that vaccines are sufficiently effective in reducing hospitalisations and deaths in those vaccinated
- Infection rates do not lead to a surge in hospitalisations which put unsustainable pressure on the NHS
- New variants to not change the Government’s assessment of risks
There will be five weeks between each step change, as it allows the Government to ensure that actions taken previously have not led to a spike in COVID. Reopening of music events and venues are specifically mentioned at different stages of the steps outlined today.
From March 8th - pupils in schools and education settings will return to face-to-face teaching environments. People will also be able to meet one person from outside their household bubble. The rule of six will return from the 29 March, so that people can meet out doors. Sports can begin from this point. People should continue to work form home where they can.
No earlier than 12 April. Non-essential retail can open at this stage. A number of venues which play music may also open – such as gyms, hairdressers and personal care establishments; pubs to open outdoors for eating and drinking. Public libraries and community centres cab also reopen at this stage.
No earlier than 17 May. Most restrictions on meeting outdoors will be lifted. At this point it will be possible to meet indoors: Pubs and restaurants will reopen, remaining outdoor entertainment (drive in events) and some indoor entertainment including cinema and museums; some large events to be permitted – including large events in theatres, concert halls, sports events and conferences, subject to complying with capacity limits (1000 people or 50% of capacity, whichever is lower).
Large outdoor events will also be permitted, with a capacity of either 50% or 4000 people (whichever lower); controlled large seated events will allow either 10,000 people or 25% of total seated capacity (whichever lower).
No earlier than 21 June. Government hope to remove all legal limits on social contact. All indoor venues will reopen, with no limits on capacity, potentially using testing. This means that at this point nightclubs and other venues may be able to reopen (including theatres, concert halls without capacity limits); festivals would be able to return without capacity limits.
Working from home will remain in place until there is a review complete by government.
There will be a review on international travel, which will report by 12 April.
Full details on the roadmap can be found here.
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Throughout the COVID-19 outbreak the BPI offices are closed, however we remain fully operational. Below are some useful contacts for issues and queries surrounding membership and communication.
Membership, Events and Music Export Growth Scheme
Chris Tams - [email protected] - 02078 031 314
Gennaro Castaldo - [email protected] - 07801 194 139
Other organisations across the music industry are providing further advice and support for their members. To find advice from them, click on the organisation below.