The chief executive of an organization specializing in live music said the industry was “at the bottom of the queue to reopen” once coronavirus restrictions are lifted

The comments come after Prime Minister Boris Johnson presented his four-step plan to free England from lockdown

M Johnson said on Monday he hoped Stage Four would see the end of all legal limits on social contact

But Greg Parmley, Managing Director of Live, said his industry “could be months behind the rest of the economy”

“The Chancellor must recognize our prolonged shutdown in the budget and provide the necessary economic support to ensure that jobs and livelihoods for the hundreds of thousands of people who work in our industry exist as we navigate this pandemic,” did he declare

The proposed second stop, no earlier than April 12, could see the return of outdoor hospitality, including drive-in theaters

Stage three, which would follow at least five weeks later, on May 17 at the earliest, could allow limited indoor mixing

Mark Davyd, Managing Director of the Music Venue Trust, welcomed the timing of the return of socially distant events, but said he now hopes to see “industry-specific financial support to mitigate the damage to businesses and to people’s lives, “careers and families across the live music industry”

Jon Morgan, director of the Theaters Trust, said he “supports the government’s cautious approach to ease foreclosure restrictions”

“We want to play our part to help keep people safe and we don’t want to be in a situation where theaters reopen too early to be forced to close again after a short time”

Michael Kill, Managing Director of the Night Time Industries Association trade body, said: “We are pleased to hear in the Prime Minister’s statement the inclusion of a schedule for nighttime economy companies, especially some of the hardest hit businesses, many of which have been closed since March 2020, such as nightclubs, bars and casinos “

He added: “The sector urgently needs more clarity on the reopening and essential financial support from the Chancellor if we are to avoid economic and social damage that will last for a generation.”

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham last month said record companies should help bail out small music venues struggling to survive during the pandemic

Stars such as Liam Gallagher, Dua Lipa and Sir Paul McCartney were among 1,500 artists last year who signed an open letter calling for support for the UK music scene

Last summer the government announced the deployment of its £ 1.57bn culture stimulus fund to help tackle the crisis facing cultural organizations and heritage sites But the secretary at Culture Oliver Dowden admitted money couldn’t save all artists and places

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