An updated list of museums, galleries, cinemas, libraries and performance venues
As we outlined in ourarticle, COVID-19 is one of the greatest challenges the arts and culture scene has ever faced; prompting Cllr Luthfur Rahman to to culture secretary Oliver Dowden calling for more support.
After months of closure - and the loss of vital income for many - cultural venues are amongst those allowed to reopen from Saturday 4th July, following the likes offrom 15th June. Despite being given the green light, however, relatively few have announced opening dates: the logistics of adhering to - from sanitation to social distancing - is a challenge, while reduced capacities necessitate a further blow to budgets already severely under strain.
With live shows still not permitted, meanwhile, most performance venues remain closed and a lack of clear reopening dates has proven fatal to some; the Royal Exchange Theatre announced on 1st July that it has entered redundancy talks, with up to 65% of jobs at risk.
Here are the venues that have confirmed when they are reopening (with suitable measures in place) so far. This list is subject to change and will be regularly updated…
- phased from 4th September
MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES
The below galleries have a primarily non-retail focus; retail galleries were able to open from 15th June
- 12th August
People's History Museum - 1st September
- 10th July
- 4th July
- 13th July
- 16th July
PERFORMANCE VENUES; INCLUDING THEATRE, COMEDY AND MUSIC
With live performance still not permitted, these are arguably the hardest hit. Many have condemned culture secretary Oliver Dowden’s ‘useless’due to its lack of dates while The Lowry CEO is amongst those .
Music institution Band on the Wall, meanwhile, is amongst a clutch of venues toin a (limited) food and drink capacity from 4th July - but it’s still far from enough. Head of marketing Simon Webbon said: “While being able to safely open up for limited food and drink sales is a welcome move and will bring much-needed income to Band on the Wall, the reality remains that live music is our core business; as long as gigs are not possible, our organisation and the people in it are at immediate risk.
“We urge people to support independent venues nationwide by buying a t-shirt, a poster, gift vouchers or a pint. With everyone’s support during these strange and worrying times, we’ll still have an independent music scene to return to once the COVID crisis is over.”
Band on the Wall is one of several at-risk grassroots music venues represented by the Music Venue Trust which -in May via its #saveourvenues campaign - to prevent the sector collapsing. This joins similar campaigns across performing arts, from PLASA’s to ; the latter which local actor Julie Hesmondhalgh supported with a poignant ode to the theatre industry on 24th June (followed somewhat tellingly by the Royal Exchange's redundancy announcement a week later).
Watch and share @juliehes's powerful words in support of our arts and cultural organisations, and their vital importance to communities across the UK.
Then join Julie in signing our petition #ForTheArts → https://t.co/JzY3vQDGoo pic.twitter.com/EmSCoDKWKa
— Public Campaign for the Arts (@Public_Campaign) June 24, 2020
What can open from 4th July?
July is set to be a major month for many industries; from hotels (some of which have housed frontline workers, others the homeless) to travel (Manchester Airport will again be operating three terminals and has introduced a range of new measures as holiday demand increases) and hospitality (see our Eating Out and Drink pages for updates). Here is the full list of reopenings…
- Hotels, hostels, bed and breakfast accommodation, holiday apartments or homes, cottages or bungalows, campsites, caravan parks or boarding houses
- Places of worship
- Community centres
- Restaurants, cafes and workplace canteens
- Bingo halls
- Theatres and concert halls, but no live music
- Museums and galleries
- Hair salons and barbers
- Outdoor playgrounds
- Outdoor gyms
- Funfairs, theme parks and adventure parks and activities
- Amusement arcades
- Outdoor skating rinks
- Other indoor leisure centres or facilities, including indoor games, recreation and entertainment venues
- Social clubs
- Model villages
- Indoor attractions at aquariums, zoos, safari parks, farms, wildlife centres and any place where animals are exhibited to the public as an attraction