18 February 2021
Following the Prime Minister's suggestion that rapid testing could be introduced to enable the reopening of theatres, Equity General Secretary Paul W Fleming has issued the following statement:
“If the government can support the infrastructure of testing, tracing and proof of vaccination – for workforce and audiences alike – then this could be the way back. It’s to the government’s credit too that they’ve started that conversation with us and producers.
"Our economy and communities need artists back at work on stage, and in pubs and clubs – but let’s not forget why it’s so vital for Equity’s members. 40% haven’t received a penny from furlough or the SEISS since last March, and the industry support package has been woefully inadequate. It’s critical that these gaps are filled – and a reopening plan isn’t bodged by Boris.”