Cinemas, museums and art galleries to begin reopening as lockdown eases

June 23rd 2020

Cinemas, museums and art galleries will be able to begin re-opening their doors from next month in the latest easing of the coronavirus lockdown in England.

Boris Johnson is due to set out the results of a review of the two-metre social-distancing rule in the Commons on Tuesday, with the expectation being that it will be cut to one metre.

Much of the focus has been on the hospitality sector – with detailed guidance due on how pubs, bars and restaurants can start gradually to re-open from July 4. However it is now expected there will be guidance for sections of the arts and cultural sector on how they can welcome back visitors under the latest stage of easing the lockdown.

It could mean cinemas and museums introducing one-way systems, spaced queuing, increased ventilation, and pre-booked tickets to ensure people can return safely.

A No. 10 source said:

“We are only able to move forward this week because the vast majority of people have taken steps to control the virus. But the more we open up, the more important it is that everyone follows the social distancing guidelines. We will not hesitate to reverse these steps if it is necessary to stop the virus running out of control.”

 

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The Evening Standard