Can I host a LIVE performance?
Yes, but you need to follow the guidelines set out by the government, including creating a Risk Assessment for your venue and performances, (this risk assessment may get you started, but please up to date with government guidelines as they can be updated often).
This article sets out the current Government guidelines on staging a live performance or presentation event.
We will try to keep this information up to date as much as possible. (updated 23rd Sept 2020)
We are currently at STAGE 4 of the governments “5 stage plan for getting performing arts back to normal”
THE RULE OF SIX APPLIES TO INDOOR AMATUER PERFORMANCES FROM THURSDAY 24TH SEPT 20.
The guidance makes clear that the following measures should be considered to allow for safe resumption of performances, make sure you visit the government site below to create your risk assesment for your event:
- A reduction in venue capacity and limited ticket sales to ensure social distancing can be maintained
- All tickets must be purchased online and venues are encouraged to move towards e-ticketing for help with track and trace
- Venues should have clearly communicated social distancing marking in place in areas where queues form and adopt a limited entry approach *. Increased deep cleaning of auditoriums
- Performances should be scheduled to allow sufficient time to undertake deep cleaning before the next audience arrives
- Singing and the playing of brass and wind instruments in groups or in front of an audience is limited
- Performers, conductors, musicians must observe social distancing wherever possible
Oliver Dowden “Culture Secretary” said,
Our culture, heritage and arts are too precious to lose. That’s why we’re protecting venues like theatres from redevelopment if they fall on hard times.
We are also giving further clarity on restart dates in our roadmap back to performance. From July 11 we can all enjoy performances outdoors with social distancing and we are working hard to get indoor audiences back as soon as we safely can, following pilots. Our scientific research project will also help speed up this journey.
Combined with our £1.57bn rescue package, this is a comprehensive plan to help our brilliant arts organisations weather the covid storm and bounce back stronger.
This guidance will be updated as the evidence develops around singing, wind and brass instruments, and the wider public health context.
The five stages of the phased return to professional performing arts is as follows:
- Stage One – Rehearsal and training (no audiences and adhering to social distancing guidelines)
- Stage Two – Performances for broadcast and recording purposes (adhering to social distancing guidelines)
- Stage Three – Performances outdoors with an audience plus pilots for indoor performances with a limited distance audience from July 11. We will now also work with the sector to get small pilots started as soon as possible and will set out further details in due course.
- Stage Four – Performances allowed indoors / outdoors (but with a limited distanced audience indoors)
- Stage Five – Performances allowed indoors / outdoors (with a fuller audience indoors)
Here are some useful resource links: