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Working safely during coronavirus: performing arts

By July 13, 2020National News

Updated 21st October

Updated guidance on staging and capacity (section 3.2)

16th October Updated guidance on thinking about risk (section 1) and managing performances (section 3).

Updated 9th September with new guidance

Guidance, published by the Department for Digital Culture, Media and Sport, will help performing arts organisations, venue operators and participants in the UK understand how they can work and take part in the performing arts safely, and keep their audiences safe. 

The guidance follows the government’s five-stage roadmap outlining how we will get audiences back into performing arts venues. It provides advice on all aspects of performance, from casting, sound and lighting, costume and fitting, to cloakrooms, orchestra pits, hair and make-up. 

Singing and the playing of brass and wind instruments will be permitted in a managed and controlled professional working environment to minimise risk. 

The Secretary of State has also commissioned a scientific study on the risks associated with singing and brass instruments which will be done in partnership with Public Health England, professional musicians from the Royal Opera House and the BBC and scientists from Imperial College, London and Bristol University. This will help inform work on getting the performing arts fully back up and running safely, by testing what can be done safely. 

For more information, go to the Government website (opens in a new tab) 

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