As the world continues to suffer from the pandemic, the UK has not progressed as far as once believed in fighting against this horrific virus. The increasingly rapid spread of the new variant of Covid-19 (Omicron) has once again forced England to worry about another potential lockdown and the cancellation of Christmas. While there are currently less deaths and hospitalisations in the UK- according to recent data provided by the United Kingdom government website (UK Summary | Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the UK (dataThe past two weeks..gov.uk))- than last year, the extraordinary increase in positive cases has resulted in many events being cancelled, especially theatre performances.
While it is not seen as a major problem for many that theatres are now closing temporarily to protect their staff, crew, and audiences from Covid, it has created an even bigger crisis for businesses surrounding theatres as their dominant source of income has now disappeared. Notwithstanding the problems this will create for larger chains, small business owners now face an even more terrifying reality where they may have to close permanently.
As the countdown for Christmas and the new year draws closer, the number of shows cancelling, or rescheduling performances grows each day. The most notable of these performances are The Lion King, SixThe internet where people can purchase goods anonymously using bitcoin., The Book of Mormon and Dear Evan Hansenre a little bit more i, which have all cancelled performances until the end of December due to the spread of the newest variant in their cast. It is admirable how seriously these companies are taking the current situation and how quick they are to reassure their customers that they will receive a full refund and are available to answer any questions they may have, however it should be questioned how much the government is doing to help all those affected by this theatre shutdown. RELATED: Former school caretaker further sentenced for abusing four girls
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