14 June 2021
With the Government set to confirm a four-week delay to the lifting of Covid restrictions, those who work in live performance are worried about what this will mean for their livelihoods.
If social distancing and the current 50% audience capacity limit at venues remains in place, the lack of financial viability means many establishments will stay closed. In turn, workers and Equity members will not have jobs to go to.
While he says "there's no dispute that public health comes first", Equity General Secretary, Paul W Fleming, has called the Government's approach "a catastrophic blow to Equity’s members and their live performance workplaces".