The 2020 festival season is still salvageable – that is for those who live in the United Kingdom. The UK government recently confirmed that as of July 11th, outdoor festivals, gigs, and theater events are allowed to resume if organizers adhere to certain COVID-19 restrictions.
In a press release, Culture secretary Oliver Dowden said outdoor events must ensure “a limited and socially distanced audience.” In addition, to cut down on touch-contact, organizers of shows will be required to use electronic ticketing and attendees will be prompted to supply specific information when purchasing tickets to aid contact tracing efforts in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak.
Outdoor events are not the only ones making a comeback, as certain indoor exhibitions, slated to be tests, include performances at the London Symphony Orchestra at St Luke’s Church, the London Palladium, and Butlin’s holiday parks. These measures represent the UK’s third phase of live event reopenings. Phases four and five, which will allow more widespread indoor performances, have no set start date yet.