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Coronavirus / Arts agency sets out anticipated Mareel reopening date

Mareel's screen one. Photo: Shetland Arts

ARTS venue Mareel is set to reopen one month today after being shut since Christmas.

Shetland Arts is planning to reopen the building on Friday 21 May under the assumption Scotland moves into level two coronavirus restrictions next month.

While cafes are allowed to open under current level three rules, cinema screenings and live events are not permitted, and this prompted Shetland Arts to close up when the restrictions were imposed on Boxing Day.

Level two rules are expected to be introduced across Scotland from 17 May, which will allow cinemas, concert halls and music venues to open again.

Shetland Arts chief executive Graeme Howell said: “We are planning for the reopening of Mareel on Friday 21 May in line with relevant guidance.

“We will be making further announcements nearer the time.

“We are pleased that we have been able to keep Bonhoga open since January, the level of support has been great and we look forward to welcoming you all back to Mareel in mid May.”

The Scottish Government said outdoor and indoor events are also in line to resume from 17 May, with a maximum capacity of 100 inside with physical distancing capacity requirements.

There would be maximum capacities of 250 for outdoors standing and 500 outdoors seated events, with both subject to physical distancing capacity requirements.

The Scottish Government hopes that by 8 June indoor events could host 200, and 400 from the end of June, with both again subject to physical distancing.