I have been contacted about when choirs can return.
I understand that the people of Broxtowe are keen to singing in Choirs. I recognise the benefits of being part of a choir and I am grateful to a number of constituents for sharing their experiences with me.
Unfortunately, we are not yet in a position where large gatherings of people indoors are safe. As it stands, you are able to meet in groups of up to six people from different households outdoors. The more people you have interactions with, the more chances we give the virus to spread. Therefore, it remains vital that we all try to limit the number of people we see, especially in close confines.
Ministers are holding targeted talks with leaders in the orchestra, choral and theatre sectors to better understand how the higher risk of activities like singing and playing of wind/brass instruments can practically be mitigated.
I am pleased that a large support package has been rolled out to support the arts sector. I know that ministers have worked closely with Arts Council England (ACE) to determine what should be done to support the sector and are keeping the situation under review.
Ministers have also worked closely with the Entertainment and Events Working Group to develop guidance which will enable performing artists to train, rehearse and perform safely.
The guidance will be published in due course and will include guidance on minimising the risk of transmission and supporting singers, wind and brass players and other musicians to return to work in COVID-secure ways.