Boris delays music reopening plans

Boris delays music reopening plans


norman lebrecht

July 31, 2020

Within hours of Snape Maltings and the Wigmore Hall announcing resumption plans for September, the prime minister has said that easing, which was due to start to tomorrow, has been postponed until 15 August at the soonest.

This includes casinos, bowling alleys, theatres and concerts, all of which had arranged careful social distancing.

The reason is a rise of Covid cases in England to the highest level since May – some 4,200 new infections a day.



  • CA says:

    Most people recover from the virus, do they not?

    • V. Lind says:

      You’re very callous with that “most.”

      I blame open pubs and restaurants. And the appalling lack of testing at airports.

    • Tony says:

      Most people recover from syphilis. It does not mean I am in any hurry to get it.

      Silly statement. 25pc of residents at our village care-home died from Covid earlier this year.

    • Edward says:

      Try to say the same thing to the families of the 150, 000 Americans who were killed by the virus?

    • Karl says:

      Older people have a very high death rate and that’s a lot of the classical audience. Only the tobacco companies have been able to get away with killing their customers.

    • microview says:

      Would you care to put this to the test?

    • Dragonetti says:

      Depends on your view of Russian roulette. I seemed to recover well enough, a good old friend died. Pays your money…

    • Will says:

      They do. However the main issue is avoiding hospitals become completely overwhelmed.

    • Scott says:

      Oh, but of course. Would you like to come to the USA and attend a Trump rally?

    • M2N2K says:

      Yes, most do indeed. However, some physicians believe that in serious cases damage to lungs may remain unhealed for decades.

  • Bored Muso says:

    This hapless government and anti music & theatre hater Bojo should be more assertive in their missives…
    It’s OK to crowd Bournemouth and Southend beaches, but not Aldeburgh or Wigmore….!

  • Miko says:

    Why keep refering to him as “Boris”? He’s not our friend. He’s a populist corrupt grubby little charlatan who lies and cheats his way into the final act of this country’s sorry demise.

  • Andrew says:

    Rise in detections of any corona virus due to expansion of the testing programme. The tests have many false positives and most people are asymptomatic. There has been no rise in hospital admissions and deaths are below the seasonal average for the past 5 years. This is becoming sinister.

    • John Rook says:

      Absolutely right. There’s no evidence to suggest the utility of these random ‘safety’ measures. Interesting how the MSM isn’t talking about Sweden these days, isn’t it? Seems they got it right by not joining the Economic Suicide Collective.

      • Dragonetti says:

        Er Mr Rook, have you actually really avoided reading, watching, listening to ANY news in the last few weeks?
        Words fail me.

  • Ken says: