Guidelines – COVID Safe performing arts activity
Today sees the release of a new suite of guidelines for COVID-Safe performing arts, including an update to our own Guidelines for COVID Safe Theatres.
Live Performance Australia, touring organisations* and peak bodies (detailed in the Appendix) have created these guidelines in consultation with the broader sector to guide safe touring activity by performing arts organisations and producers undertaking touring activity in Australia.
GUIDELINES FOR AUDITIONS, REHEARSALS AND PERFORMANCES
These guidelines have been developed in consultation with performing arts companies, commercial producers, the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance and specialist medical advisors and are intended to apply:
- To activities associated with undertaking auditions, rehearsals or performances of live productions
- Broadly across all types of artforms. There may be additional considerations depending upon the artform and these should be considered in more detail when developing COVID Safe plans.
- Professional live productions. The measures outlined in this document may not be appropriate for amateur productions.
UPDATED NATIONAL GUIDELINES FOR COVID SAFE THEATRES
An update to PAC Australia’s Guidelines for COVID-Safe Theatres is also released in this new suite of guidelines. The changes reflect updated advice as the pandemic conditions evolve and on the advice of epidemiologist Dr T G Henning, whose endorsement of the document is also supplied within the guidelines. Important to note, the specific legislative requirements based on your states own circumstances must continue to be adhered to (for those in VIC, or those with a specific interest in the plans for Victorian venues, VAPAC have released Version 2.2 of their Plan for Re-Opening Venues with the latest updates).
The changes to the national guide are not exhaustive and the summary is available here.
*Each of these documents represent an enormous amount of work, and we’d like to particularly recognise the work by Live Performance Australia and the Touring Guidelines working group comprising Arts on Tour, Critical Stages, CDP Theatre Producers, Circa, Monkey Baa Theatre Company and Performing Lines.