Coronavirus, latest news regarding entertainment.
Over the last few months one of the hardest hit industries is Hospitality and in particular Entertainment. As pubs, hotels and events venues closed their doors on the 20th March 2020, little did we know how long the lock-down would last and how it would affect our industry and country as a whole. Now over 3 month later there has been little news to ease the stress for many of the UK’s entertainers and entertainment venues. The government furlough scheme was fantastic for those people that were employed but for self employed entertainers contracts were cancelled and weeks of uncertainty followed. The SEISS (self employed income support scheme) was introduced by Rishi Sunak after strong pressure from the thousands of self employed in the UK but was only paid after 3 months leaving many struggling, this scheme has now been extended and a second grant can be claimed in August. The hardest thing for many venues and entertainers alike is the lack of information on when we could be allowed back to work. Even a loose time-frame would help because its very difficult to plan ahead without knowing when we are aiming at. When the news hit that there would be an announcement regarding the hospitality sector hope were raised that maybe things were about to change…
On Tuesday 23rd June 2020, Boris Johnson, delivered the long awaited news that the pubs and the hospitality industry could begin plans to open with the date of 4th July 2020 set that we could return to the local. As the news broke, I for one, waited with baited breath to hear what this would mean for us entertainers. On face value the announcement at 12.30pm sounded like we would be able to get back to work which gave a much needed boost, however, at the later Coronavirus update at 5pm shattered the earlier illusion and clarified that LIVE entertainment would still not be allowed.
So what does it mean for us entertainers?
Here is what is says in the Government guidence…
For many restaurants, pubs and bars, providing entertainment such as recorded music, live sports broadcasts, quizzes, live musicians or comedians are an important part of their business.
At this time, venues should not permit live performances, including drama, comedy and music, to take place in front of a live audience. This is important to mitigate the risks of aerosol transmission – from either the performer(s) or their audience. There will be further guidance setting out how performing arts activity can be managed safely in other settings, for instance rehearsing or broadcast without an audience.
All venues should ensure that steps are taken to avoid people needing to unduly raise their voices to each other. This includes, but is not limited to, refraining from playing music or broadcasts that may encourage shouting, including if played at a volume that makes normal conversation difficult. This is because of the potential for increased risk of transmission, particularly from aerosol transmission. We will develop further guidance, based on scientific evidence, to enable these activities as soon as possible. You should take similar steps to prevent other close contact activities, such as communal dancing.
So it looks like it will be a while yet before we can get back to Singing and entertaining.
What can I do whilst waiting to go back to work?
Taking everything into consideration although its not great news that we can’t get back to gigging this is the time to get you act together. Whether it is your website, marketing materials, social media or even just learning new songs make the most of this down time. The fact is at some point we will be back entertaining and it will be those that prepare and build that will succeed on the other side. We will be providing information to help you get on the right tracks to keep checking back to see our latest hints, tips and reviews.
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