P-05-1076 Allow all the Performing Arts to re-open - live music, dance, theatres and concert halls



P-05-1076 Allow all the Performing Arts to re-open - live music, dance, theatres and concert halls


This petition was submitted by Catherine Tanner having collected a total of 338 signatures.


Text of Petition:                     

Why can we sit on a plane wearing a mask with no social distancing for 8 hours... but we can't watch a concert under those same conditions?

Why can people in pubs/cafes sit 2m apart, talk and not wear masks... but we can't sit in silence watching live music, sat 2m apart?

Why can we watch a film in the cinema, or listen to a priest in a church, but not watch 1 solo musician perform indoors?

The Welsh Government must stop unfairly treating the arts and live music while everything else has reopened.


Additional Information:

Salzburg festival held this year- no cases.



Berlin Philharmonic opened this year.



England reopened concert halls and live music this year.


The Statutory Instrument currently in force has concert halls closed until Feb 2021 which means for the first time in history, Wales will have banned live music for a year. Wales also crushed the arts over Summer by banning even outdoor concerts when virtually every other country in Europe allowed them.


The Welsh Governmen refuses to let the arts open on the same terms as it allows schools, shops and hospitality to operate. This is hypocrisy and grossly unfair. Either masks and social distancing work, or they don't.





This petition was considered completed by the Petitions Committee at its meeting on 15/12/2020.


The Committee noted the petition and the Deputy Minister’s outline of the initial steps that were taken, but then paused due to the current circumstances in relation to transmission of Coronavirus, which have also impacted upon hospitality and other sectors.


In light of the scrutiny of the impact on this sector being conducted by the Culture Welsh Language and Communications Committee, the Committee agreed to take no further action itself but to bring the petition to that Committee’s attention and thank the petitioner.


Full details of the consideration of this petitions by the committee and related documents can be seen on the Meetings tab above.

It was first considered by the Petitions Committee on 15/12/2020.


Senedd Constituency and Region

  • Bridgend
  • South Wales West


Further information



Business type: Petition

Reason considered: Senedd Business;

Status: Complete

First published: 10/12/2020