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[UPDATED] Resumption of Live Performances

First issued on 20 Oct 2020
Updated on 22 Jan 2022 (incl. Annex A)

1. From 1 February 2022, VDS checks must be conducted for all live performances, irrespective of event size. Only individuals who have recovered from COVID-19, medically ineligible for COVID-19 vaccination, and children aged 12 years and below may be exempted from VDS. In addition, exempted children must only be in the same group as other children in their household.

2. Live performances must involve a maximum of 50 performers and crew on stage and backstage, of which 20 performers may be unmasked at any given time (including for singing and/or playing of instruments that require intentional expulsion of air such as wind instruments).

3. However, there must be no singing, and no playing of instruments that require intentional expulsion of air (e.g. wind instruments) unless all performers and crew are either: (i) fully vaccinated; (ii) recovered from COVID-19; or (iii) have obtained a negative result on a Pre-Event Test taken in the past 24 hours before the expected end of the event. From 15 January 2022, there must be no singing, and no playing of instruments that require intentional expulsion of air (e.g. wind instruments) unless all performers and crew are either: (i) fully vaccinated; (ii) recovered from COVID-19; or (iii) medically ineligible for COVID-19 vaccination.

4. This section sets out the SMMs that must be observed for live performances.

Safe Management Measures (SMMs)

5. The SMMs for live performances are at Annex A.

6. All persons entering live performance venues are required to check in via TT-only SafeEntry through either scanning the QR code using the TraceTogether App on their phone, or by presenting their TraceTogether Token to be scanned. Other check-in modes, such as using the phone’s camera, SingPass Mobile, other QR code reader apps, or using NRIC/FIN and other photo IDs, will not be accepted.

Venues

7. The following pre-selected venues may host indoor live performances:

Pre-selected Venues
Sector Lead Venues
National Arts Council (NAC)
(NAC_Feedback@nac.gov.sg)
  • Performing arts venues and premises of arts and culture organisations (including opera groups, orchestras, musical bands, choirs, dance groups, dramatic arts and theatrical companies)
  • Commercial and non-profit art galleries
National Heritage Board (NHB)
(NHB_MR_Secretariat@nhb.gov.sg)
  • Museums managed by the National Heritage Board
  • Museum Roundtable Members
People's Association (PA)
  • Community Centres and venues managed by PA
Ministry of Education (MOE)
  • Private Education Institutions (PEIs)*;
  • Other private schools** 
Singapore Tourism Board (STB)
(leisureevents@stb.gov.sg)
  • Other Event Spaces (Annex B)
  • Hotels (Ballrooms and Function Room Spaces only)

* Subject to approval by the Committee for Private Education.
** Subject to approval by MOE; permitted entities may write to moe_pss@moe.gov.sg to seek approval.

8. Venue owners/managers outside of the above venues may approach their respective sector lead agencies if they have any queries on the conduct of live performances in their spaces.

9. Marriage solemnisations (in indoor venues only), funerals and funerary-related activities may also involve live instrumental music (non-wind only) with the necessary SMMs in place. No other performances (e.g. singing, dance, variety act) are allowed.

10. Live performances are currently not allowed to resume in food and beverage establishments and wedding receptions regardless of venue, as there is a higher likelihood of mingling, talking, where food is being consumed with patrons who are unmasked. Special provisions are catered for unmasked dancing and unmasked singing at weddings by the wedding couple and wedding party. Please visit ROM’s website for more details. Higher risk activities such as singing and the playing of wind/brass instruments are also not allowed to resume at corporate/enterprise events (e.g. product launches).

Annex A

Required Safe Management Measures for Live Performances and Related Rehearsals

General

  • If no VDS checks are conducted, restrict audience size to a maximum of 50 persons. If VDS checks are conducted, restrict audience size to a maximum of 1,000 persons. From 1 February 2022, VDS checks must be conducted for all live performances, irrespective of event size.
    • Organisers must ensure that the audience members are fully vaccinated or exempted from VDS*.

      *Individuals who have recovered from a COVID-19 infection, medically ineligible for COVID-19 vaccination and children aged 12 and below are exempted from VDS.
  • Audiences are to comprise no more than 5 persons per group, in line with the prevailing group size limit.
    • There should be no physical interaction or mixing with other groups.
    • Unvaccinated children aged 12 and below must only be in the same group as other children in their household.
  • Adopt seating arrangements to ensure 1m safe distance between groups of up to 5 all around.

  • Audience members must be masked.

  • Audience members are to remain static and not move around the venue during the performance.

    • While audience members may move from set to set (or point to point) in their groups in-between live performance segments, they are to remain stationary during a live performance.

    • No audience participation in a live performance.

  • No physical interactions between audiences and performers (e.g. autograph/photograph sessions, inviting members of the audience on stage).

  • A safe distance of 2m is to be maintained between audiences and performers at all times.

    • Venues without a clearly defined stage area should have floor markings to mark out the 2m safe distance between performers and audience and ensure that the safe distance is observed.

    • If the live performance is taking place on a stage which places performers at a higher vantage point, a longer safe distance is encouraged, due to the trajectory of droplet projection.

  • Audience members are encouraged to make online ticket purchases and use e-payment methods.

  • There should be no congregation of people and/or audience mingling before and after live performances, or during intermissions. Audience members should remain masked at all times, and remain in their groups with 1m safe distancing between groups.

  • Venues are required to implement TraceTogether-only Safe Entry (please click here for the Safe Entry User Guide) to collect personal details (including identification numbers and mobile numbers) and manage the entry of all persons (including staff, visitors and patrons) into the live performance space.

    • TT-only SafeEntry check-ins can only be completed by either using their TT App to scan the venue’s QR code or presenting their TT tokens to be scanned by the venue.

    • Other check-in modes, such as using phone’s camera, SingPass Mobile or other QR code reader apps, or using NRIC/FIN and other photo IDs, may not be accepted.

  • Venues must deploy SafeEntry Gateway to facilitate a more seamless check-in experience and ensure that TT tokens are functioning.

  • Queue lines for audiences should be clearly demarcated at the entrance to performance venues and box offices to ensure 1m spacing between groups.

  • Sale of merchandise is allowed as long as safe distance of at least 1m is maintained between groups.

  • Sale of F&B is allowed, but consumption of F&B is prohibited in the same space as the live performance, during the period of the live performance. Venues must also abide by the Enterprise Singapore guidelines on sale and consumption of F&B.

  • For venues with multiple performance spaces:

    • There should be no sharing of common facilities, including restrooms, between performers/crew and audience members as a best practice. If this is not possible, the use of common spaces should be staggered.

    • Deconflict performances' start and end timings to prevent congregations at public spaces/taxi stands. If possible, have separate ingress/egress for audiences attending different performances to avoid crowding within the venue.

  • Venue staff to be on-site to ensure compliance to safe distancing measures and minimise/prevent congregations of audience members, including at ticket collection points, entry to the performance space, and within the performance space itself.

  • Visible signs/posters on social distancing measures are to be put up strategically at entrances and within the building as reminders for members of the public. These include wearing masks, maintaining safe distance, and to not enter the venue if unwell.

  • To abide by SG Clean guidelines for sanitisation and hygiene standards.

Performers and Crew

  • A maximum of 50 performers and crew are allowed on stage and backstage at any given time, of which no more than 20 performers can be unmasked at any given time.
  • There can be no singing or playing of instruments that require intentional expulsion of air, unless all performers and crew, are either fully vaccinated or exempted from VDS. If these conditions are met, all unmasked performers may sing and play instruments that require intentional expulsion of air.
    • If a performance involves singing or playing of instruments that require intentional expulsion of air, all unmasked performers conducting these activities will need to have obtained a negative result on a Pre-Event Test (even if they are fully vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19), taken within 24 hours before the end of the live performance. From 1 February 2022, unmasked performers may obtain a negative result on an ART test, conducted by an MOH-approved test provider, or self-administered. A self-administered test must be supervised onsite or virtually by the live performance organiser or venue manager.
    • 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.
  • All performers, crew and other staff should not mingle with audiences and other personnel on duty (e.g. front-of-house and box office staff, ushers, etc.). Staff who are not deployed as onstage/backstage crew should not go onto the stage/backstage area at all times.

On Stage

  • Performers must abide by the following safe distance requirements:
On Stage Safe Distancing
 Performers who remain static on stage (i.e., in the same position on stage throughout the performance)Performers who move on stage
Not singing or playing instruments that require intentional expulsion of air (e.g., wind instruments)
  • They may be in groups of the prevailing social group size with no need to maintain safe distance between group members.
  • However, the group of performers must maintain at least 1m safe distance from the next group on stage.

    E.g., Applicable to violinists in an orchestra.
  • Do not need to maintain a minimum safe distance from others, but should keep close contact with others to as short a duration as possible.

    E.g., Applicable to actors in a play.
Singing or playing instruments that require intentional expulsion of air (e.g., wind instruments)
  • They may be in groups of the prevailing social group size with no need to maintain safe distance between group members.
  • However, the group of performers must maintain at least 2m safe distance from the next group on stage.

    E.g., Applicable to trumpet players in an orchestra.
  • Must maintain a 2m safe distance from others. 

    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.

Backstage

  • All performers and crew backstage must remain masked at all times, and practice safe distancing of 1m between individuals as far as possible.
  • There are to be no unauthorised and/or unannounced visitors to the performance/ backstage area. Only authorised personnel as per call sheet should be allowed at the location.
  • Catering – All meals and drinks should be served as single-serving portions to avoid surface contamination.
  • Costume/ Wardrobe – Encouraged for costumes to be provided individually and hung in their own cover.
  • Hair & Make-up – Ensure hair/ make-up kit is sanitised between each use and to use disposable equipment where possible. There should be no sharing of equipment (e.g. music instruments, microphones, props). If unavoidable, equipment should be cleaned/ disinfected before being handled or used by others.
  • All technical equipment (camera, lights, grip, communication etc) should be cleaned at beginning and end of each day, and between each new user.

Annex B

Other Event Spaces which may host Indoor Live Performances

The following event spaces may host indoor live performances subject to adherence to the safe management measures at Annex B.  Event spaces not listed below may approach your respective sector lead agency with your safe management plan, to appeal to be allowed to host indoor live performances.

Singapore Tourism Board

Integrated Resorts (incl. theatres and convention centres):

  • Resorts World Singapore
  • Marina Bay Sands

MICE Venues:

  • Changi Exhibition Centre
  • Singapore Expo
  • Suntec Convention Centre

Tourist Attractions:

  • Tourist attractions approved by STB for resumption of operations (indoor venues)

Other Venues:

  • Changi Experience Studio
  • 27 Pasir Panjang Power Station
  • Capitol Theatre 
  • F1 Pit Building
  • Indoor performance spaces on Royal Caribbean International and Dream Cruises

MCCY

  • National Stadium
  • Indoor Stadium