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Covid-19 Update - Statement

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 12:51 pm on 25th June 2020.

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Photo of Lord Shipley Lord Shipley Liberal Democrat 12:51 pm, 25th June 2020

My Lords, the Statement says that the Government will work with the arts industry on specific guidance to enable choirs, orchestras and theatres to resume live performances as soon as possible. That is helpful but it is urgent financially. Seventy per cent of the UK’s theatre venues, for example, could be bankrupt by the end of the year because the one-metre rule means that only a quarter of seats can be sold. What financial help are the Government planning, given that theatres receive £1.3 billion from ticket sales a year?