Rules eased for drink sales in music venues

The government has announced that alcohol sales will be permitted for music venues in England’s Tier 2 regions.

It made the u-turn after being persuaded that that an alcohol ban would make the post-lockdown reopening of music venues unviable.

“Members who have been facing cancellations due to the ban on alcohol sales, except when a substantial meal is provided, can hopefully look forward to those gigs once again” said Dave Webster, national organiser for live performance for the Musicians Union (pictured). “Musicians being able to get back on stage remains absolutely key to their future, and this variation for live performance from the government is extremely welcome news for all concerned.”

However, he said, the situation remains challenging for musicians working in Tier 3 areas.

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