An updated list of museums, galleries, cinemas, libraries and performance venues
After months of closure - and the loss of vital income for many - cultural venues were amongst those allowed to reopen from Saturday 4th July, following the likes of asking for £71.8 million to help Manchester's cultural life 'repair, restart and rethink' as it emerges from lockdown.from 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. The City Council is now
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
- 23rd July
- 1st August
- 12th August
- August (date TBA)
People's History Museum - 1st September
- 4th July
- 13th July
- 16th July
- 31st July
- 1st September
With live shows still not permitted, most performance venues - including theatre, comedy and music - remain closed as they wait for a timeline to work towards. Caught in a fatal limbo, the industry was on the brink of collapse until the government finally stepped in by announcing a £1.57 billion rescue fund on 5th July.
Two days later saw venues across the North - including performance venues like the Royal Exchange, Lowry, Met, Oldham Coliseum, HOME and Band on the Wall - offered £9 million in total from Fund 3 (NPOs) of the £160 million Arts Council emergency package announced in March. While concerns remain for the sector, both funds have been a vital short-term helping hand.
On Thursday 9th July, it was announced that outdoor events could go ahead (subject to social distancing) as part of a wave of relaunches also including health and beauty venues from Saturday 11th July. Alongside festivals and some sports, these comprise theatre shows and concerts. Culture secretary Oliver Dowden also revealed that a number of indoor performances would be piloted to help plan how and when performance venues can reopen, heralding stage three of the government's roadmap for relaunching the live entertainment industry. Measures will include reduced capacities and electronic ticketing, in case visitor details are needed for the track and trace system.
Guidelines for future performances have also been published - including reduced casts and extra social distancing (three metres) for singers, wind and brass players - while empty venues will be protected from demolition or change of use.
What could open from 4th July?
- 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