As expected, the government has given formal confirmation that England will proceed as planned
with Phase 3 of the roadmap on 17th May 2021.
More good news is that we are currently on track to meet the targets for Phase 4 on 21st June, but final decisions on this will be given in due course and is subject to data at the time.
This is welcome relief for many. It means that from Monday 17th May:
hostels can reopen
school domestic residential trips are back - read the Government's Schools coronavirus (COVID-19) operational guidance here - pages 47-50
indoor attractions and hospitality are back
Theatres can reopen (although capacity and social distancing restrictions are still in place)
Further guidance will be updated over the next few days, including on government websites, many of which have not yet been updated.
However, we are delighted that we will now be able to resume running our award-winning West End workshops, and bringing UK groups back to the theatre!
So far the what you can and cannot do guidance for England has been updated with measures that will change from 17 May including:
All schools, colleges and other further education settings are open for face-to-face teaching, including higher education settings undertaking practical and practice based courses. This includes Theatre Workout's workshops and courses.
Indoor entertainment and attractions will be permitted to open with COVID-secure measures in place including cinemas, theatres, concert halls, museums, galleries and children’s indoor play areas.
Theatres are limited to 50% capacity or 1000 people, whichever is the lower. This means many shows are unable to break-even and so most are delaying their reopening until after 21st June. See our list of London productions here for more details.
Indoor hospitality venues such as restaurants, pubs, bars and cafes can reopen
This means that school trips to museums, galleries, attractions, theatres and more can resume. However, not all are ready and many are taking a cautious approach as far as school trips are concerned. Get in touch for more information.
Finally, yesterday was also an important day in that zero deaths were reported in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland - this has not been reported since 30th July 2020. This now feels like we are on the path to recovery and as the PM said "unlocking irreversibly".