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Calls for two-metre rule to be relaxed for musicians

Calls for two-metre rule to be relaxed for musicians

Author: Rafi Benady | Saturday 6th June 2020

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Calls for the government to give musicians the green light to go back to performing and recording are underway. Musicians' Union leader Horace Trubridge told the BBC they could play "side by side" as a safety measure.

He described the two-metre rule as “overkill”.

As it stands, COVID-19 measures have seen the closure of most entertainment venues for the foreseeable future. The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends a distance of 1m between people from different households.

Mr Trubridge said these distancing measures are unnecessary for string and percussion instrumentalists, as opposed to singers, as they could wear masks.

A Department for Culture, Media and Sport spokesperson said: "These are challenging times for the UK's world-class music industry, and we are providing unprecedented support through substantial financial measures such as the Self-Employed Income Support and Bounce Back loan schemes."