Community centres, arts group premises permitted to hold live performances from 1 Nov

Staff Writer, Singapore
·Editorial Team
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People wearing masks and observing safe distancing attend the first live concert by Singapore Symphony Orchestra since the implementation of preventive measures against COVID-19 at the Victoria Concert Hall in Singapore.
People wearing masks and observing safe distancing attend the first live concert by Singapore Symphony Orchestra since the implementation of preventive measures against COVID-19 at the Victoria Concert Hall in Singapore. (PHOTO: Then Chih Wey/Xinhua via Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — Community centres, museums as well as premises of arts and culture organisations are among the venues permitted to host indoor live performances from Sunday (1 November) onwards.

In an advisory updated on Wednesday, the National Arts Council (NAC) listed the permitted venues to hold such performances for up to two zones of 50 audience members, subject to venue capacity and safe management measures.

The venues are:

  • Performing arts venues and premises of arts and culture organisations (including opera groups, orchestras, musical bands, choirs, dance groups, dramatic arts and theatrical companies);

  • Commercial and non-profit art galleries;

  • Museums managed by the National Heritage Board, and Museum Roundtable members;

  • Community centres and venues managed by People’s Association;

  • Private education institutions and other private schools subject to approval by Ministry of Education;

  • Hotels (ballrooms and function room spaces only);

  • Resorts World Singapore, Marina Bay Sands, Changi Exhibition Centre, Singapore Expo, Suntec Convention Centre, 27 Pasir Panjang Power Station, Capitol Theatre, F1 Pit Building, Sentosa (indoor venues);

  • Indoor performance spaces on Royal Caribbean International and Dream Cruises;

  • Tourist attractions approved by Singapore Tourism Board for resumption of operations (indoor venues).

Live performances are still not allowed to resume in food and beverage establishments and wedding receptions regardless of venue, as there is a higher likelihood of mingling, talking, and where food is being consumed with patrons who are unmasked.

Higher risk activities such as singing and the playing of wind/brass instruments are also not allowed to resume at corporate or enterprise events.

Safe management measures specific to live performances

The safe management measures for these venues have been developed with arts and culture stakeholders to ensure the safety of performers, crews and audiences.

Some of the measures include:

  • Audiences are to remain static and not move around the venue during the performance. Audience participation such as singing or dancing is not allowed, although spoken responses while remaining masked are acceptable at a low volume.

  • A safe distance of three metres is to be maintained between audiences and performers at all times.

  • Sale of food and beverages is allowed, but consumption is prohibited in the same space as the live performance.

  • A maximum of 30 performers and crew are allowed on stage and backstage at any given time. A maximum of 10 performers can be unmasked at any given time and, of this group, there can be a maximum of five singers.

  • There should be no sharing of equipment such as music instruments, microphones and props. If unavoidable, equipment should be cleaned or disinfected before being handled or used by others.

Check in via TraceTogether by 24 November

By 24 November, all persons entering live performance venues are required to check in to SafeEntry through either scanning the QR code using the TraceTogether App on their phone, or by presenting their TraceTogether Token to be scanned.

Other check-in modes, such as using the phone’s camera, SingPass Mobile, other QR code reader apps, or using NRIC/FIN and other photo identifications, will not be accepted.

NAC will also pilot larger scale performances at venues that can safely accommodate larger numbers, and at outdoor venues which are able to ensure safe distance among the audience members and safely manage crowds at the periphery. More details will be made available at a later date.

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