The British Government Will Allocate Almost $2 Billion To Help Cultural Institutions
The UK government has announced an allocation of £1.57 billion ($1.96 billion) to support national theatres, museums, concert venues, and other cultural institutions. The head of the Ministry of Finance of the United Kingdom, Rishi Sunak, wrote about this on Sunday evening on Twitter.
"The show must go on. We are announcing the world's most advanced anti-crisis package of £1.57 billion to help cultural, historical, and creative institutions cope with the negative impact of coronavirus," he wrote.
Representatives of major British cultural institutions welcomed the assistance from the state. So, the Executive Director of the London Royal Opera house, Alex bird, quoted by the PA Agency, said that the funding will be "a vital next step towards restoring the industry and will help support the UK arts sector in this crisis."
Of this amount, according to PA, £1.15 billion ($1.45 billion) has been allocated to help institutions in England, of which £270 million ($337 million) - as returnable funding on preferential terms, and £880 million ($1.1 billion) - as grants. The remaining funds will be distributed among other administrative and political parts of the United Kingdom: Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.
On March 23, a nationwide quarantine was introduced in the UK against the background of the coronavirus epidemic. Its victims in the Kingdom to date have become 44,220 people, more than 285 thousand infected. Starting from may 13, the quarantine began to be gradually eased, and the biggest easing of restrictions occurred on July 4, when restaurants, cafes, and pubs began to accept visitors, hairdressers, hotels, libraries, temples, cinemas, and museums resumed their work.
However, theaters and concert venues remain closed. In May this year, the British actor and writer Stephen fry said that for British theaters "these are truly dark times," expressing concern that they are unlikely to be able to open earlier than in 2021.