MUSIC Venue Trust have responded to Boris Johnston’s statement on the return of indoor live music.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that indoor live music performances can resume with social distancing in the UK from August 1.

Culture secretary Oliver Dowden said: “The UK’s performing arts sector is renowned across the world and I am pleased that we are making real progress in getting its doors reopened to the public with social distancing. From August indoor theatres, music venues and performance spaces will safely welcome audiences back across the country.

“This is a welcome step in the path to a return to normal and, coupled with our £1.57 billion rescue package, will help secure the future of this important sector.”

However, the Music Venue Trust have stated that it is not possible for grassroots venue to meet the criteria for a smooth return.

Read the statement below: