Disabled and clinically vulnerable shut out from return of live music and theatre


Rhian Jones

As social distancing disappears at UK arts venues, artists and audiences who need to shield are uncertain of the future

Performers and audiences who are clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) are being shut out of the arts due to a lack of ongoing safety provisions, according to a number of people within the sector who cite a “two-tier” cultural reopening.

While the rest of the population has been able to return to watching and taking part in live music and performance as of the end of July, those who are clinically vulnerable, who number around 3.7m or 6.7% of the British population, are still waiting for their freedom day.

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