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    Image caption: Theatre and nightclub attendees were previously required to show their Covid passes on arrival

    Theatre groups have welcomed the government's decision to end Plan B measures, describing it as a "confidence boost" for the beleaguered industry.

    The relaxing of rules means that from next Thursday theatres, nightclubs and venues will no longer require people to show a Covid pass for entry.

    The Society of London Theatre (Solt) and UK Theatre's outgoing chief executive Julian Bird said: "The relaxing of Plan B measures, particularly the end of mandatory home working, should provide a confidence boost to the theatre industry after several weeks of turbulence and uncertainty."

    He added that as restrictions eased, the sister theatre bodies will still ask theatregoers to wear face coverings unless they are exempt, in order to "protect our hardworking staff, performers and fellow audience members".

    Michael Kill, chief executive of the Night Time Industries Association, also welcomed the removal of the restrictions, but warned that more support will be needed.

    The industry, he noted, had been "placed in an extremely fragile state" but was "finally able to plan for the future with some level of certainty and without debilitating restrictions".

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