London and part of south east to move into Tier 3

The government has announced that London along with parts of Essex and Hertfordshire will move into Tier 3 on Wednesday 16 December.

Theatres Trust Director Jon Morgan responds:

"It is a disaster for London’s theatres that the capital will move into Tier 3, as well as for theatres in impacted parts of Essex and Hertfordshire. Theatres have worked incredibly hard to create safe environments for audiences and through no fault of their own will now face enormous financial losses.

They have done so at great risk as it is currently impossible to secure production insurance. The tiers system means more uncertainty and risk for months to come unless there is a government backed insurance scheme for theatre production like there is currently for film and television.

2020 has been a catastrophic year for theatre and today’s announcement has compounded that".

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