Witcombe Cider Festival has announced on Twitter it will continue with plans to go-ahead this year.
The announcement comes after a Government briefing today, July 9, which said outdoor performances such as concerts, plays and opera can go-ahead from Saturday.
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said: “From July 11 our theatres, operas, dance and music shows can start putting on outdoor performances to socially distant audiences.”
They said on Twitter: “Breaking News from the Downing St Briefing – outdoor performances in front of audiences allowed in England from July 11.
“Witcombe 2020 is on!
“Official statement and more details to follow.”
Festival founder Joe Pointon said the official statement will address all the new guidelines for socially distanced events released by the Government.
Mr Pointon said: “With what the Culture Secretary said today about outdoor performances in front of audiences being allowed in England from July 11, that’s a yes, we’re on.
“We are going to be working towards the government guidance that is going to be issued.
“We are massively excited and we are going to be working hard to get this on in the next couple of weeks.”
Social distancing guidance published today includes:
- Reduced capacity and orchestra sizes;
- Performers will be social distanced and instructed not to face each-other;
- A three metre social distancing rule for singers, wind and brass players;
- Increased deep cleaning of the stage and auditorium.
Mr Pointon said more details will be made clear in the upcoming statement which will come shortly.