Hairspray cast 'devastated' as Covid case halts production

Edna Turnblad

The cast of Hairspray were left 'devastated' after a case of Covid brought the West End production grinding to a halt.

Singer Michael Ball, who plays Edna Turnblad tweeted:

Hairspray had been praised by Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden when it opened in London last month.

A member of the production team tested positive “despite extremely robust measures being in place”.

All performances have been cancelled until Wednesday July 14, producers said and people who have booked tickets for the cancelled shows can either rebook or claim a full refund.

Lockdown rules in England: What's changing from July 19

What has happened to social distancing and the rule of six?

The 'one metre plus' rule has been scrapped entirely, as of July 19 in England. However, some guidance to maintain social distancing in certain situations will remain in place of the legal restrictions.

Social distancing guidance will continue if someone is Covid positive and self-isolating, or in airports, or other ports of entry, to avoid travellers arriving from amber or red-list countries mixing with those from green list areas.

Limits on social contact in England have disappeared, meaning the end of the rule of six indoors and the limit of 30 people for outdoor gatherings.

Do I still need to wear a face mask?

There is now no legal requirements to wear face coverings - but guidance still encourages using masks in some settings, including hospitals, healthcare settings and in crowded enclosed public spaces.

Has the working from home guidance changed?

The guidance on working from home has gone. It's ultimately down to employers to decide whether to keep staff at home or in the office, but the government say employers are able to plan the return of staff to the workplace.

What about weddings and funerals?

The current limits on numbers of people who can attend weddings, funerals and other life events has ended.

What's happening in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland?

The changes to Covid rules announced by Boris Johnson, only impact England and will not change regulations in Northern Ireland, Wales or Scotland.

The Welsh Government “would like to move together” with other parts of the UK in lifting coronavirus restrictions but will only do so if it is “right for Wales”, health minister Eluned Morgan said on Monday 5 July.

As of July 19, restrictions in Scotland have eased, with all areas of the country moving to level 0. The government is aiming to lift all major restrictions in Scotland by August 9.

In Northern Ireland, some significant restrictions have already been eased including allowing the resumption of live music and the lifting of caps on organised outdoor gatherings.

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While some theatres reopened following the easing of coronavirus restrictions, they are only allowed to put on performances in front of reduced audiences.

Boris Johnson has signalled nearly all restrictions will end on July 19 in England, allowing theatres to welcome back full crowds.