Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has this evening set out the plans as part of Phase Three of easing lockdown restrictions. Speaking today, Mr Dowden said strict social distancing measures, which include maintaining social distancing, must be adhered to as part of reopening conditions.
He added: “Exercise is very important for physical and mental health.”
Outdoor arts performances – including theatres, opera, dance and music – will also be able to resume from the weekend although audience numbers will be restricted and will be subject to social distancing rules.
The Culture Secretary Oliver said a change in planning rules will also mean theatres, concert halls and live music venues will be protected from demolition or change of use by developers, stopping those that have been made temporarily vacant during lockdown disappearing altogether.
Mr Dowden continued: “Our culture, heritage and arts are too precious to lose. That’s why we’re protecting venues like theatres from redevelopment if they fall on hard times.”
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