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Covid: Music and comedy venue changes in Wales lockdown easing

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Covid: Music and comedy venue changes in Wales lockdown easing

 

 

Covid capacity rules in SLOT music and comedy venues have been slightly relaxed in another minor easing of Wales' lockdown restrictions.

 

The number of guests attending wedding receptions and wakes has also changed in Wales on Monday, allowing venues to host as many people as they can safely.

 

Wales' first minister said he will pause major relaxations for four weeks due to the start of a third Covid wave.

 

Rules for music and comedy venues are now "in line" with hospitality venues.

 

So, like pubs and restaurants, the changes mean groups of six people from six households can attend music and comedy venues in Wales.

 

Now numbers allowed into each venue will be based on its size instead of being limited to 30 as businesses must follow strict Covid guidelines, like having one-way systems and appropriate ventilation.

 

But while welcoming the amendments, there are worries in Wales' music industry that operating with social distancing in place could make it "not economically viable" for venues.

 

'I don't think live music will be back for a long time'
Rapper Eggsy, a member of Newport hip hop group Goldie Lookin Chain, is worried for small venues and fears live local music won't be back until 2022.

 

"Our gigs have been pushed back and back," he said.

 

"Will venues be able to make a profit with reduced crowds? That will affect who they are booking.

 

"You might be able to get a few local bands that won't cost a lot but getting bands in and making a profit will be hard."

 

'Not economically viable'
Mark Drakeford wanted "grassroots" music venues - like Clwb Ifor Bach in Cardiff, Swansea's Sin City and Pavilion Mid Wales in Llandrindod Wells - to come "in line" with rest of the hospitality sector.

 

While the Music Venue Trust "appreciate" the slight easing of restrictions from Wales' first minister, the organisation that represents 50 gig venues in Wales is concerned.

 

"It's not economically viable," said chief executive Mark Davyd.

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Topic starter Posted : 22/06/2021 7:47 am
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