Audiences in Oxford will be asked to continue to wear masks after Monday to help protect staff, volunteers and audiences.

Cultural venues including theatres, museums and event spaces are asking all audience members to wear a face covering whenever possible.

The Oxford Cultural Partnership said in a collective statement: “We encourage our visitors to continue wearing masks and to practice social distancing so that we can all feel safe and protected.

"Hand sanitisers will be available in our venues and we trust that our visitors will make considered decisions in the interest of themselves and everyone around then and make use of the NHS check in app.

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“With a sizable number of staff, performers and volunteers, and indeed the public, not yet fully vaccinated we see this as an important step to protecting everyone involved in creating culture in Oxford, and kindly request that visitors remain considerate during this time.”

Councillor Mary Clarkson, cabinet member for Culture and Leisure, said: "All of Oxford’s cultural partners made this decision together, out of concern for their staff and audiences. The message from the Government is clear that we all still need to be cautious, and masks are recommended in crowded spaces.

"Please enjoy Oxford’s events, performances and exhibitions safely by wearing a mask to protect each other.”