The below correspondence is posted here by kind permission from the Society of London Theatre

The Society of London Theatre (SOLT) is an organisation that works with and on behalf of their Members to champion theatre and the performing arts.

Find out more about SOLT and visit their website here.

Please note that Thursday’s newsletter will be our last of the year – unless any major announcements come out of the Government. From 2022 we will move to a weekly newsletter (rather than twice weekly) on Thursdays. The first newsletter of 2022 will be on Thursday 6 January.

Daily rapid testing for COVID-19 contacts launches tomorrow
From tomorrow (Tuesday 14 December) in England, people who are fully vaccinated and identified as a contact of someone with COVID-19 – whether Omicron or not – should take an NHS rapid lateral flow test every day for 7 days to help slow the spread of COVID-19:

  • Those who test positive or develop symptoms will need to self-isolate
  • Unvaccinated adults must continue to self-isolate for 10 days if they are a contact of someone with COVID-19

This follows a significant rise in Omicron cases in the UK with the new variant expected to become the dominant strain by mid-December. You can read more here.

Please note that during today it became impossible to order Lateral Flow Tests from the government’s website – we have raised with government as a matter of urgency. Unfortunately, we don’t know yet when they will be available online again but apparently you can still pick them up from pharmacies or go to a walk-in rapid test centre.

UK Restrictions Tracker – SOLT & UK Theatre Members’ Exclusive
We have created a short document to help members keep track of the differing Covid restrictions across the four nations of the UK. We will be keeping it updated as and when announcements are made. You can view the live version here. Please send any questions or feedback to our Public Affairs Manager, Christopher Walker.

Official London Theatre’s New Year Sale – SOLT Members’ Exclusive
Over 60k tickets have been sold so far in the New Year Sale. This is down slightly on 2019, as sales slowed over the weekend following the latest government guidance around Omicron. We have a staggered marketing campaign so will keep pushing sales.

Performance by Rankin book
If you would like to purchase a Performance by Rankin book before Christmas, this is your final chance! The SOLT office will be closed from Wednesday, so you would need to collect your book by EOP Tuesday. To purchase a book at £25, please email asap.


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