It looks like indoor events with socially distanced audiences will start in England as early as next month. On Friday (17th), prime minister Boris Johnson announced the plan to begin indoor events beginning August 1st. Similar to the UK allowing outdoor concerts to resume, there will be restrictions and will not proceed if this decision results in a second spike in COVID-19 cases.
“From 1 August, we will restart live indoor performances to a live audience subject to the success of pilots, and we will pilot larger gatherings, with a view to a wider reopening in the autumn… From October, we intend to bring back audiences in stadia and to allow conferences and other business events to recommence. These changes have to be made in a covid-secure way subject to pilots.”
The UK currently has 295,372 cases and 45,312 deaths. The number of daily new cases has decreased to under 1,000 per day, unlike the United States, which has over 65,000 daily new cases and a total of 3,930,058 cases and 143,537 deaths. Industry experts have been predicting what concerts will look like, as well as when concerts will return. The definitive answer remains unknown, but shows have been happening including, this weekend’s Mini-Fest that took place in Wisconsin.