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Melbourne's coronavirus restrictions deal 'devastating' blow to arts companies

Industry forced into worst-case scenario planning as plans to reopen crushed for another four months The reactivated stage-three coronavirus restrictions placed on the city of Melbourne have dealt a hard blow to a performing arts industry entertaining hopes of a big comeback, with plans to reopen theatres crushed for up to an additional four months, further damaging the sector’s chances of recovery. “It is devastating,” said Claire Spencer, chief executive of Arts Centre Melbourne, home to resident companies the Australian Ballet, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Theatre Company and Opera Australia. Continue reading...
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