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The Road Map Changes the Rules

Following the move to Step 3 of the Prime Minister’s Roadmap to reopening, AFO is pleased to let you know that the Performing Arts guidance has been updated and can be accessed here. 

As a summary, the key updates to the guidance are:

  1. Confirmation that theatre, concert halls, and grassroots music venues can all reopen from 17th May with social distancing and capacity caps in place. Indoor events can take place for up to 1,000 people or 50% of a site or venue’s capacity (whichever is lower). Outdoor events can take place for up to 4,000 people or 50% of a site or venue’s capacity (whichever is lower). In outdoor venues with a seated capacity of over 16,000, events can take place for up to 10,000 people or 25% of the site or venue’s seated capacity (whichever is lower).
  2. Audiences should be arranged so that they can adhere to legal gathering limits (groups of up to 30 people outdoors, and up to 6 people or 2 households/bubbles indoors), and that relevant groups do not mix. Where possible, seating should allow people in the same group who do not live together to maintain social distancing.
  3. Confirmation that theatres, concert halls and cinemas are exempt from the requirements to provide table service to audience members who have a ticket and are planning to consume the food or drink in the auditorium (or area of the venue where the performance / screening is taking place). Kiosks and concession stands can serve food and drinks to customers who can take these back to their seats.
  4. Details of how to access private testing if you are seeking an approved provider to provide tests or run a test site for you (if you are not registered for workplace testing).
  5. Addition of the 7 inclusive principles to offer practical guidance to arts and cultural organisations to support people with disabilities 
  6. Details for how non-professional activities will be permitted indoors and outdoors, within the legal gathering limits. 
    1. Outdoors, people can take part in non-professional performing arts activities in a group of up to 30 people. Activities can take place with multiple permitted groups, provided the groups are kept separate throughout the activity, and the event is organised in line with the organised events guidance for local authorities. 
    2. Indoors, people can take part in non-professional performing arts activities in a group of up to 6 people, or as a group of 2 households/bubbles. Activities can take place with multiple permitted groups, provided the groups are kept separate throughout the activity, and the event is organised in line with the organised events guidance for local authorities. 
    3. However, non-professional singing indoors should only take place in a single group of up to 6 people. 

Further details and more information can be found within the guidance. For any further queries, please refer to the guidance in the first instance or other HMG guidance which may have further details.

Or if you need guidance to steer you through the guidance………..

Association of Festival Organisers (AFO): 18th May 2021 16:27:00

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