Taskforce appeals for the return of live music

A Department for Communities (DfC) taskforce has urged Stormont to allow live music to resume.

A letter from the Culture, Arts and Heritage Taskforce to Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey has been obtained by BBC News NI.

The letter also appeals for the reopening of entertainment venues.

“Continuing delays” in reopening are putting venues at risk and “imposing huge stresses” on people’s incomes and wellbeing, it said.

The 25-strong taskforce was set up by DfC in May to recommend measures for entertainment venues to reopen and performances to resume.

Live music, plays, performances and exhibitions have been allowed to resume in England, Wales and Scotland – albeit with limited audience numbers due to social distancing measures.

The planned resumption of live music in Northern Ireland on 21 June had been delayed and given an indicative date of 5 July.

But it is to be discussed again by the executive on Thursday.

Arts, music, culture and heritage has been hit hard by the pandemic, with many venues closed to audiences since March 2020.

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