Prime minister Boris Johnson discussed reopening live performance spaces as the rollout of vaccines continues. 

Speaking about the opportunities for theatres and entertainment venues to reopen, the prime minister has said that a "combination of mass vaccination and lateral flow testing" will likely be a route back to performance. While there isnt a plan to reopen venues yet, the prime minster said: "We'll look at everything, but what we're thinking of at the moment is more of a route that relies on mass vaccination (we intend to vaccinate all adults in the country by the autumn) plus lateral flow testing, or rapid testing, for those bits that are "the toughest nuts to crack" – theatres or nightclubs, for example – areas of the economy that we couldn't get to open last year. I think that will be the route that we go down and that businesses will go down."

It is expected that plans to lift lockdown restrictions will be announced on 22nd February.