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I hope you are well.

So the headlines read “Outdoor gigs return”, but within a couple of hours, when the official guidelines for the easing of restrictions on outdoor performances were published, sadly the news was not so cheery.

The revised guidlnes re-state the current position:

“People should continue to socially distance from those they do not live with wherever possible. Social interactions should be limited to a group of no more than two households (indoors and out) or up to six people from different households (if outdoors).”

They go on to say:

“Businesses and venues following COVID-19 Secure guidelines can host larger groups. This is also the case for events in public outdoor spaces that are organised by businesses, charitable or political organisations, and public bodies, provided they take reasonable steps to mitigate the risk of transmission, in line with COVID-19.”

So it appears that businesses and organisations can stage events for larger audiences if they can operate in a Covid-secure manner, but performances for private gatherings such as birthday parties are still limited to a maximum of six people in your garden.

I’m as disappointed as you. I had hoped I could get the magicmobile out on the road again, but it seems that I am still very limited in what I’m allowed to do. If you know of an organisation putting on a large outdoor event this summer, I’d love to hear from them, but sadly I am still limited to very small gatherings in your garden for your family celebrations.

The full guidance is here – Section 5 is the important bit:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/performing-arts

As you’ll see, even theatre companies need to meet a whole host of restrictions f they are to stage outdoor events, so there is still some way to go before thigs are back to normal.

Please stay safe and I hope I see you soon.