Social distancing

  1. Darlington Hippodrome anticipated longer lockdown

    Darlington Hippodrome says it had prepared for the delay to lockdown restrictions easing announced by the prime minster on Monday.

    Boris Johnson said remaining coronavirus restrictions must remain in place until 19 July, because of the rapid spread of the Delta variant, which means theatres won't be able to return to full capacity next week, as had been hoped.

    Socially distanced performances will be able to continue, with the audience seated two metres apart.

    Many theatres have said this isn't viable for them, but the Hippodrome had already planned for socially distanced seating for its live shows later this month.

    Programme director Heather Tarran-Jones said: "What we're trying to do is keep people as safe as possible, so the two-metre-plus social distancing at all times, [means] some seats are available and others are closed off, and people will have to wear a face covering as you move around the theatre and in the auditorium."

    It's hoped restrictions will be lifted by 19 July so performances will be able to go ahead at full capacity in September.

    Darlington Hippodrome