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Coronavirus Daily: Culture Secretary announces group to help bring live performances back




After the return of Premier League football last night, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowdon said in his briefing yesterday he now wants to look at live performances from the arts making a comeback.

Mr Dowdon said he understands venues are facing real challenges, particularly with social distancing, to return but he was working hard to address those challenges.

He said: "I know how essential our theatres, our musical venues and the performing arts are to our wider cultural eco-system.

Could live gigs, such as this from the Stereophonics at Thetford's High lodge last year, be making a controlled comeback?
Could live gigs, such as this from the Stereophonics at Thetford's High lodge last year, be making a controlled comeback?

"Culture is our calling card, it is respected around the world and I am determined to work with them and across government to support it and to preserve its world leading position."

Mr Dowdon said next week he was going to bring together experts, leading performers from theatres, choirs and orchestras, along with medical experts and scientific advisers to try and find a solution.

Yesterday's figures from Public Health England showed Norfolk and Suffolk again had no new daily cases, keeping their totals so far at 2,230 and 1,545 respectively.

The UK's daily confirmed cases in the last 24-hour reporting period was 1,115, with the overall count of cases in the UK currently at 299,251.

The figure for daily deaths was 184, compared to 233 in the previous reporting period.


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