First issued on 21 June 2020
Para 3 updated on 22 Jan 2022
1. All arts and culture premises may be used by arts and culture companies and practitioners for digital productions and recording of courses and performances. The safe management measures detailed here apply to rehearsals related to these digital productions as well.
2. Arts and culture stakeholders who would like to use and/or rent out their premises for these activities must adhere to the following requirements:
- A maximum of 50 performers and crew are allowed on stage and backstage at any given time, of which up to 20 performers can be unmasked at any given time.
- All 20 unmasked performers may sing or play instruments which require intentional expulsion of air at any given time, if all performers and crew are fully vaccinated or exempted from Vaccination-Differentiated Safe Management Measures (VDS). Only individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 or medically ineligible for COVID-19 vaccination can be exempted from VDS.
- Masked singing will be treated in the same way as unmasked singing i.e. masked singers will count towards the maximum number of allowed unmasked singers, and the same requirements for unmasked singing will apply.
- Performers must abide by the following safe distance requirements:
|Requirements||Performers who remain static on camera (i.e., in the same position on camera throughout the performance)||Performers who move on camera|
|No singing or playing of instruments that require intentional expulsion of air (e.g., wind instruments)|
E.g., Applicable to violinists in an orchestra.
E.g., Applicable to actors in a play.
|Singing or playing instruments that require intentional expulsion of air (e.g., wind instruments)|
E.g., Applicable to trumpet players in an orchestra.
E.g., Applicable to singers in a concert
- As a best practice, singers should try not to position themselves directly opposite each other and are encouraged to sing away from each other.
- Individuals playing wind or brass instruments should ensure that these instruments are fully intact, and refrain from training practices involving only parts of the instrument (e.g. mouthpiece buzzing, playing with just the lead pipe) to prevent droplet transmission. Liquids from instruments (i.e. condensation and saliva) should be collected and disposed of hygienically after the rehearsal or concert.
- Sharing of all other equipment (e.g. props, musical instruments and microphones) should be avoided as far as possible. If this cannot be done, the equipment should be thoroughly cleaned and/or disinfected before handled or used by others.
- Venues should be as well-ventilated as possible.
3. Digital productions being conducted at the designated venues for VDS+Test pilots for live performances, may tap on the VDS+Test requirements for performers/crew. Please refer to the Para 2 of the “VDS+Test Pilot Events” Section.
4. The owners/managers of all arts and culture premises which re-open for the above-mentioned activities are to ensure the following:
- Implement visitor registration and contact-tracing measures via SafeEntry or Trace Together-only SafeEntry. Encourage visitors to install and use TraceTogether.
- From 19 August 2021, public venues are no longer required to put in place temperature screening measures. Nonetheless, it is important to continue exercising good health seeking behaviour when one is unwell by seeking care as soon as possible, using a mask and avoiding crowded places.
- Adopt SG Clean standards as new norm for sanitisation and hygiene standards:
i. Adhere to sanitation and hygiene advisories disseminated by the National Environment Agency;
ii. Provide cleaning agents at all toilet and hand-wash stations;
iii. Provide disinfecting agents at all human traffic stoppage points within venue;
iv. Regular cleaning of common and high-touch surfaces (e.g. handrails, handles/knobs).
- Put up notices to remind visitors and employees of prevailing safe management measure, practice social responsibility and encourage the observance of social norms such as:
i. Observe good personal hygiene (e.g. regular hand washing, refrain from touching face);
ii. Avoid handshakes and greet with a smile;
iii. Avoid speaking loudly to reduce risk of transmission through droplets.
5. Arts and culture premises located in tenanted spaces (e.g. commercial malls) must comply with the requirements above, as well as any other requirements that the Government may impose through landlords on tenants. Arts and culture companies and practitioners who are also landlords must ensure their tenants comply with any such requirements.