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Despite the tier system and a new vaccine on the horizon, cultural events are shrouded in uncertainty

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ews of the Oxford vaccination breakthrough was met with jubilation by festival organisers. If the immunisation programme is successful, it could pave the way for a full summer of festivals next year. Glastonbury’s Emily Eavis posted a “dreamy sunrise” on Instagram, adding: “And great news on the vaccine too! Hope for us all.”

And lockdown is lifting next week: cinemas, theatres, concert halls, live outdoor events, galleries and museums will reopen in England, but it all depends on where you live.

Boris Johnson announced the new restrictions for his Covid-19 winter plan under the new three-tier system. Within tier 1 and tier 2 areas, venues can open with social distancing and limited audiences, while those within tier 3 (regions with the highest rate of infection) will remain closed.

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