The Most Recent Advice on Performing Arts Rehearsals

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The Most Up To Date Guidance from DCMS

On 22nd September, the government made further restriction announcements, however these do not seem to affect arts organisations. This statement from the Association of British Orchestras reads:

"From Thursday 23rd September businesses selling food or drink (including cafes, bars, pubs and restaurants), social clubs, casinos, bowling alleys, amusement arcades (and other indoor leisure centres or facilities), funfairs, theme parks, and adventure parks and bingo halls will be mandated to close from 10pm.

DCMS's current understanding is that the guidance will make it clear that cinemas, theatres and concert halls can continue beyond 10pm, but only if the performance started before 10pm, and alcohol cannot be served after 10pm.

The guidance will also be updated to confirm that in COVID-19 secure venues or public outdoor places, non-professional performing arts activity, including choirs, orchestras or drama groups CAN continue to rehearse or perform together where this is planned activity in line with the performing arts guidance and if they can do so in a way that ensures that there is no interaction between groups of more than six at any time.

If an amateur group is not able to ensure that no mingling takes place between these sub-groups of no more than six (including when arriving at or leaving the activity or in any breaks or socialising) then such non-professional activity should not take place."

Find advice and more helpful documents about how to restart your musical rehearsals on our 'Support During the Pandemic' page!

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