LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 02: A carved stone is seen above the stage door of the Palace Theatre on July 02, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. The British government have announced their five-point plan for the reopening of theatres. Many are saying it doesn't go far enough and lacks detail as the Royal Exchange in Manchester enters into consultation on making 65% of its staff redundant. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)

Theatres can hold indoor socially-distanced performances from Saturday (Picture: Getty)

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has given the go-ahead for theatres to host indoor, socially-distanced performances in England.

Last month, venues around the country had been given the green light to open their doors to audiences – however this was delayed amid a spike in coronavirus figures.

It has now been confirmed that performances can again take place in theatres and venues from Saturday – except in locations where ‘local lockdowns’ have been imposed.

This includes Manchester, parts of West Yorkshire and East Lancashire.

Rules have also been relaxed on businesses including bowling alleys, beauty salons, skating rinks, casinos and tattoo studios.

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Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden confirmed the move, explaining: ‘The nation’s hard work to keep the virus under control means we can now make further careful progress on recovery with allowing audiences back for indoor performances, fans back at sports events and the reopening of more Covid-19 secure leisure businesses.

A man wearing a protective face mask passes the closed Old Vic theatre in central London, as theatres remained closed for performances due to coronavirus lockdown measures. Many productions have taken the decision to not reopen until 2021 and it is expected to take several months of preparation for the productions to be remounted and audience confidence and advance sales to build once social distancing restrictions are lifted for theatres. PA Photo. Picture date: Friday June 19, 2020. Andrew Lloyd Webber plans to trial measures at The London Palladium after Phantom Of The Opera continued in South Korea with strict hygiene measures and no social distancing. See PA story ARTS Theatre. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Theatres across the UK closed their doors earlier this year (Picture: PA)

‘We must all continue to stay alert but today’s welcome news means these organisations can finally get going safely, and we can enjoy more of the things we love as a nation.

‘I have no doubt that they will work incredibly hard to keep their fans, patrons and customers safe.’

The next step of the official plans – stage five – will see performances allowed both indoors and outdoors with fuller crowds.

However, it is not clear when this will be implemented.

There have been a string of ‘successful series of pilots’ – including one instance where Beverley Knight performed to a sold-out, socially distanced crowd, at the London Palladium.

Clapham Grand also held a trial concert last month.

But while venue manager Ally Wolf was confident that they could hold a safe event that meets the regulations, he told PA this ‘can’t be the future for live music’.

He insisted that the gigs aren’t ‘a financial model that the industry can remotely rely upon to get to be sustainable’.

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