The government’s current Covid-19 “Plan B” measures are to end later this month. Speaking in parliament, Boris Johnson has announced that the “measures, that include mandatory mask-wearing, and Covid passports, are to be dropped.
Although face masks will no longer be legally required to be worn, the Prime Minister has still advised people to continue wearing face coverings in crowded spaces so instead, theatres will now encourage audience members to wear a mask rather than having them as a condition of entry.
There is to also be an end to mandatory Covid passes being required to enter indoor venues, such as theatres, nightclubs, and concert halls although self-isolation policies will remain in the short term until at least March 24th, with people testing positive for the virus having to self-isolate for a minimum of five days.
Julian Bird, the SOLT and UK Theatre Chief Executive commented on the changes: “The relaxing of Plan B measures… should provide a confidence boost to the theatre industry after several weeks of turbulence and uncertainty. Throughout the pandemic, theatres UK-wide have worked tirelessly to offer world-class entertainment and audiences can be assured that venues using the See it Safely mark, developed by SOLT & UK Theatre, are operating in accordance with the latest Government guidelines. As restrictions ease, we continue to ask theatregoers to wear face coverings throughout our buildings unless exempt, to protect our hardworking staff, performers and fellow audience members.