'The pandemic of precariousness can't go on’

Theatres, concert halls, cinemas, pubs and social clubs in England can reopen their doors from today, Monday 17 May. The move comes as England progresses to step 3 of the roadmap out of the coronavirus lockdown. Indoor entertainment venues - including theatres – in Wales and parts of Scotland are also expected to be able to reopen on 17 May.

While there is reason for creative workers to be hopeful, we are urging the Government to support those working in the often precarious creative industries. Paul W Fleming, Equity General Secretary says:

'Today brings a lot of hope for audiences and the creative workforce, but we're not out of the woods yet. Not only do we need serious Government action to see the sector through to full reopening - including an honest and responsible timetable for decisions if the June date is to be delayed - but we have to recognise the structural problems the last 12 months have laid bare.

'Bosses and funders need to know that Equity is clear that the pandemic of precariousness can't go on. This has to be a fair reopening for the whole of our workforce.’