Oliver Dowden, Culture Secretary, has revealed plans to set up a “renewal taskforce” to help live sports and arts get back up and running.

In last night’s coronavirus press briefing, the MP for Hertsmere and Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), said that the new taskforce would help live sport and arts bounce back.

In a statement, he said: “I know people are eager for news on the return of live sports and arts. The last few months have felt odd without them, and our calendars strangely bare.

“Finding creative, crowd-free ways to navigate coronavirus is the biggest challenge for our recreation and leisure sectors right now.

“So this week I am setting up a renewal taskforce which will help them bounce back. It will be made up of the brightest and the best from the creative, tech and sporting worlds. These are experts in their fields and they’ll be advising me on how to find new and different ways to get their industries back up and running.”

The new taskforce includes:

Alex Scott, a former Lioness and Olympian, and now broadcaster, Lord Grade, former chairman of both the BBC and ITV, Tamara Rojo, the English National Ballet’s artistic director, and Martha Lane Fox, founder of lastminute.com.

Dowden continued: “Normal life as we have known it is still a long way off, and the path to get there is a narrow one.

“But these things will return, when it is safe for them to do so, thanks to the same drive and creativity that makes a great performance or a great piece of art.

And I really think that when they do, and when we have overcome this crisis together, we will appreciate them that much more.”