Live music has returned to England, but social distancing restrictions mean many intimate jazz venues still can’t open their doors


Live music has returned to England after lockdown, but social distancing restrictions mean many intimate jazz venues still can’t open their doors.

From Saturday, audiences can once again attend indoor performances, but only if they follow government guidelines, which say venues should consider how many people can safely attend, be sensible about selling food and drink, and enforce social distancing between households.

Mark Davyd, CEO of the Music Venue Trust, told the Jazz FM Business Breakfast that the new rules were “bittersweet”, as only a third of all venues can physically handle social distancing, and only a third of those can make it work financially.

“We’re obviously pleased that we’re one step closer to getting back to normal,” he said. “But This is not really getting venues open.

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