Socially distanced indoor performances are allowed from this weekend (but they are not a viable option, meaning most theatres won’t be opening yet).

The Government has published updated guidance for artists, theatres, and audiences.

For indoor performances, social interactions should be limited to a group of no more than two households.


Venues will need to conduct a specific risk assessment to identify the numbers of people that will be in the venue or on the premises at different times of its use. Particular attention should be given to ventilation and sufficient circulation space. They will have to ensure that sufficient controls are in place to maintain social distancing.


When members of the public are attending performances, organisers should ensure that steps are taken to avoid audiences needing to unduly raise their voices to each other, such as shouting, chanting, and singing along. 


Venues will introduce one-way flow through buildings and regulate the use of high traffic areas including corridors, lifts, turnstiles and walkways to maintain social distancing.


Guests will pre-order and collect refreshments and other retail merchandise at designated points throughout the site, premises or venue to maximise social distancing and reduce pinch points. For example, programmes or ice-cream inside won’t be sold inside the auditoria.


Only the essential workers will be allowed back-stage and on-stage.

Venues will introduce back-stage one-way systems and use of green rooms and crew rooms by fixed teams; they will consider reducing the number of musicians using the orchestra pit or band area, for example by moving them to other locations within the performance space to enable social distancing to be possible; and asking performers to do their own hair and make-up where appropriate.


You can read the full guidance here