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Changes to Performing Arts Guidance

Changes to Performing Arts Guidance

Since the 17 May Roadmap announcement, through DCMS the government have made changes to the Performing Arts Guidance:

Confirmation that concert halls, theatre and grass roots music venues can all reopen on 17 May with social distancing and capacity caps in place.  Outdoor events can take place for up to 4000 people or 50% of a site or venue capacity whichever is the lower, subject to licensing i.e., your local authority licence cap will apply.

In indoor venues with a seater capacity of over 16000, events can take place for up to 10000 people or 25% of the site or venue seater capacity, whichever is the lower.

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 and drink in the auditorium or an area of the venue where the performance or screening is taking place.

Details of how non-professional activities will be permitted indoors and outdoors with a legal gathering limit, are now as follows:

Outdoors people can take part in non-professional performing arts activities in a group of up to 30 people.
See Organised Events Guidance for Local Authorities.

For full details go to and search Performing Arts Guidance Step 3 Guidance.

Association of Festival Organisers (AFO): 25th May 2021 18:50:00

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