Cambridge Theatre, London. Photo by Anastasiia Pyvovarova on Unsplash

England: plan to reopen theatres with reduced capacity ‘not viable’

Plans for 1 August reopening criticised by industry figures as not enough to keep many venues open Theatres and venues in England will be able to host socially distanced performances and gigs from 1 August under new government plans, but the move has been criticised for not being economically viable for most venues. The culture secretary, Oliver Dowden, said the plan, which is the fourth stage of the government’s five-step plan for reopening arts venues, was a “welcome step in the path to a return to normal”. But industry figures…

Read More
Frankie and Benny signage.

Frankie & Benny’s owner to permanently close 120 restaurants

Restaurant Group closures will also affect Garfunkel’s with up to 3,000 UK job losses expected. The owner of Frankie & Benny’s and Garfunkel’s is to permanently close up to 120 restaurants with almost 3,000 jobs losses expected as it accelerates plans to restructure under the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic. The Restaurant Group, a British chain that also owns Wagamama and a number of pubs and concessions in airports, has about 600 outlets, nearly all of which closed in March under the government’s plan to prevent the spread of Covid-19.…

Read More
Dongdaemun Design Plaza, Seoul. Photo on Wikimedia Commons

South Korea returns to lockdown after new spike

Museums, parks, and art galleries will all be closed again from Friday for two weeks, with authorities struggling to identify transmission routes South Korea has reimplemented strict lockdown measures in the capital Seoul following the biggest spike of new coronavirus infections in nearly two months. Museums, parks, and art galleries will all be closed again from Friday for two weeks, health minister Park Neung-hoo said. Companies are being urged to reintroduce flexible working hours among other measures. The move follows the biggest daily increase in coronavirus cases in 53 days,…

Read More