[LATEST] REVERSION TO SAFE MANAGEMENT MEASURES FOR PHASE 2 (HEIGHTENED ALERT) FOR ARTS AND CULTURE STAKEHOLDERS  

Issued on 20 July 2021
 

1.   On 20 July 2021, the Multi-Ministry Taskforce announced further tightened measures to arrest the community spread of COVID-19. The tightened measures will take effect from 22 July through 18 August 2021.

 

2.   Key updates to safe management measures (SMMs) for arts and culture stakeholders are summarised below, with further details in the respective sections. For the latest MOH statements on COVID-19, please visit: https://www.moh.gov.sg/covid-19. 


 

Updates to Group Sizes for Arts and Culture Activities and Live Performances
 

3.   From 22 July through 18 August 2021, group sizes are limited to no more than 2 persons. This will apply to all arts and culture activities, including classes, lectures, talks and workshops, as well as live performances. This has been reflected in the respective sections.



Updates for Live Performances

 

4.   From 22 July through 18 August 2021, all performers must be properly masked at all times on stage. Face shields are not allowed as a substitute for masks. There must also be no singing and no playing of instruments that require intentional expulsion of air (e.g. wind instruments), even if masked, in all live performances. The same provisions apply to associated rehearsals.

 

5.   Please refer to the ‘Resumption of Live Performances’ section for further information.



Updates for Digital Production
 

6.   From 22 July through 18 August 2021, a maximum of 15 performers and crew are allowed on stage and backstage at any given time. This includes a maximum of 10 performers who can be unmasked at any given time. Of the 10 unmasked performers, no more than 2 may sing or play instruments that require intentional expulsion of air (e.g. wind instruments), at any given time. The same provisions apply to associated rehearsals.

 

 7.   Arts and culture companies and practitioners with digital productions, recordings and all associated rehearsals are required to notify NAC before proceeding. The notification form can be found here (go.gov.sg/nacdigipdn)

 

8.   Please refer to the ‘Digital Productions for Arts and Culture Stakeholders’ section for further information.


Updates for Classes, Lectures, Talks and Workshops

 

9.   From 22 July through 18 August 2021, all speakers, participants and instructors in arts and culture classes, lectures, talks and workshops must be properly masked at all times. Activities that cannot be conducted with masks on must be suspended.  

 

10.  There are to be no classes in singing or wind and brass instruments, even if masked.

 

11.  Please refer to the ‘Arts and Culture Classes, Lectures, Talks and Workshops’ section for further information.


TraceTogether only SafeEntry Implementation and SafeEntry Gateway

 

12.  TraceTogether (TT) only SafeEntry, where the TraceTogether App or Token is required for SafeEntry check-ins, has been rolled out nationally on 17 May 2021. Art and culture premises are to ensure that they are able to accept TT Tokens for SafeEntry check-in  at their venues as soon as possible if not already done.  With the implementation of TT-only SafeEntry, venue operators must only allow individuals who have successfully checked in using their TT App or TT Token to enter the venues. 

 

13.  SafeEntry Gateway is deployed as an additional mode of SafeEntry check-in to facilitate a more seamless check-in experience and to ensure that TT Tokens are accepted and working. These venues are required to deploy the SafeEntry Gateway by 15 June 2021. The full list of venues required to deploy SafeEntry Gateway can be found on the SafeEntry website (go.gov.sg/gateway-overview).


Venue Hire Subsidy 

 

14.  The Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth has extended its existing 80% subsidy for venue hire and in-house production costs (where applicable) until end September 2021, and will review any potential further extensions. This subsidy will be for arts and culture activities permitted to resume at venues in the Esplanade, National Gallery Singapore, National Heritage Board museums and heritage institutions, STPI Creative Workshop & Gallery, Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre, Singapore Conference Hall, as well as those managed by Arts House Limited. It has also been extended to select arts centres with shared facilities under NAC. Please contact participating organisations directly for details.  
 

 

Towards a Safe and Sustainable Reopening

 

15.  NAC will deploy Safe Distancing Ambassadors (SDAs) to perform scheduled inspections at arts and cultural premises, to encourage compliance to SMMs. Arts and culture companies and practitioners who do not implement or comply with requirements may be closed down, ineligible for government grants and assistance, and subject to penalties under the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act 2020.  Additional penalties may be imposed on arts and culture stakeholders whose premises are found to have been a place of transmission of COVID-19, if they have not adhered to these requirements.

 

16.  NAC will continue to work with arts and culture stakeholders, and relevant Government agencies, to expand and restart activities so that our arts practitioners can continue their good work. Further updates on the provisions and SMMs for these activities will be published here when available.

 

17.  A safe and sustainable re-opening requires all of us to play our part. It is critical that we continue to exercise caution, adhere to SMMs, and practise social responsibility. Collectively, we can progressively re-open our economy and society while remaining safe.

 

18.  For queries on the SMMs in each of the following sections, please email NAC_Feedback@nac.gov.sg.

 

  [UPDATED] Resumption of Live Performances  

 

First issued on 20 October 2020 
Updated on 20 July 2021
 

1.   [Updated] From 22 July through 18 August 2021, audiences will be capped at 50 pax (without pre-event testing) or 100 pax (with pre-event testing). Arts and culture stakeholders should refer to the MOH pre-event testing microsite on how to implement pre-event testing, or email NAC_Feedback@nac.gov.sg if there are further queries.

 

2.   [Updated] A maximum of 30 performers and crew will continue to be allowed on stage and backstage. From 22 July through 18 August 2021, all performers must be properly masked at all times on stage.  Face shields are not allowed as a substitute for masks. There must also be no singing, and no playing of instruments that require intentional expulsion of air (e.g. wind instruments) in all live performances.

 

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



Safe Management Measures (SMMs)

 

4.   The SMMs for live performances are at Annex A

5.   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

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

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. 

 

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

 

8.   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. Please refer to the MCCY advisory on “Phase Two (Heightened Alert) – Tighter measures for religious activities” for these SMMs.

 

9.  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. 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

  • [Updated] If no pre-event testing (PET) is conducted, restrict audience size to a maximum of 50 persons. If pre-event testing (PET) is conducted, restrict audience size to a maximum of 100 persons.

    • PET must be done before entry to live performance and within 24 hours before the end of the live performance.   

    • Organisers must ensure that the audience members have a valid negative test result, or are exempted from PET, before allowing them into the live performance venue. MOH will be releasing further information and tools to support the implementation of PET, which will be made available at https://go.gov.sg/pet when ready.

      *Individuals who have successfully completed COVID-19 vaccination in Singapore will be exempted from PET (i.e. 14 days have passed since the date of the last required dose for your vaccination). Individuals who have recovered from a COVID-19 infection may also be exempted from PET. Please refer to Section 3: For Attendees/Patrons of https://go.gov.sg/pet for further details.
       

  • [Updated] Audiences are to comprise no more than 2 persons per group, in line with the prevailing group size limit.
    • There should be no physical interaction or mixing with other groups.    
       
  • [Updated]  Adopt seating arrangements to ensure 1m safe distance between groups of up to 2 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 3m 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 3m 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 safe distance of more than 3m is encouraged, due to the trajectory of droplet projection.
       

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

  • No intermissions and pre/post-performance receptions, in order to reduce congregations of people and audience mingling. 
     

  • 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 before 15 June 2021 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

  • [Updated] A maximum of 30 performers and crew are allowed on stage and backstage at any given time. Performers and crew must remain masked at all times.

    • Special provisions have been made for live performances programmed and/or commissioned by NAC, Esplanade, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Chinese Orchestra, and the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre to involve no more than 50 persons (performers and crew). This reflects these organisations’ role in the development of Singapore’s arts and culture sector, as national cultural institutions and companies.  

    • Masked singing is not allowed until further notice.
       

  • 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
 

  • All performers should maintain at least 1m safe distance from others, although transient contact between performers during a performance is acceptable.
     

  • [Updated] There must be no singing or playing of instruments that require intentional expulsion of air (e.g. wind instruments) at all times, even if masked.

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
 

  1. 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

 

 

  [Updated] Live Performance Pilot Events  

Updated on 20 July

 

1.   Live performances in non-permitted venues (including outdoor live performances) are not allowed to take place, except for approved pilots. Approved pilot live performance events must be able to ensure safe distance among the audience members and safely manage crowds at the periphery. These are part of the gradual resumption of activities for the arts and cultural sector.

 

2.   [Updated] NAC and the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) are accepting applications for live performance pilots of up to 50 audience members if no pre-event testing is conducted, or up to 100 audience members if pre-event testing is conducted.

  
 

Submission of Application

 

3.   Arts and culture organisations may submit an application to NAC_Feedback@nac.gov.sg for NAC’s assessment. Event organisers of conventions, tradeshows, concerts and other events may submit their applications to leisureevents@stb.gov.sg for STB’s assessment.  The application form can be found at the Annex and must be completed in full. 

 

4.   Applicants must also submit an event proposal together with their application.  The event proposal should comply with and include the SMMs that would be implemented to ensure the following outcomes required for piloting live performances in a safe and controlled manner (also indicated at Section E of the application form):

 

  • Limit overall density and movement of audience members;
  • Limit opportunities for and number of close contacts between individuals; and
  • Ensure a safe and clean environment for employees and attendees.

 

5.   Applicants should submit the application form and event proposal at least one month prior to the live performance to allow sufficient time for agencies to assess each application.  

 

6.   For applications that are approved, the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) will authorise the applicant to carry out the live performance, indicating the SMMs that will need to be adhered to. Please note that there may be additional requirements which will be communicated where applicable.

 

7.   While the majority of the SMMs in the application form are drawn from the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) (Control Order) Regulations 2020 and COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) (Performances and Other Activities – Control Order) Regulations 2020 (collectively “Control Orders”) and are summarised for convenience, these SMMs are not exhaustive and the prevailing Control Orders will take precedence in case of any inconsistency.

 

8.   MCCY, NAC and STB will monitor and review the outcomes of the pilots together with the participating arts and culture organisations and/or event organisers. The experiences with the pilots will be critical to our ongoing efforts to scale-up live performances

 

Annex - APPLICATION FORM FOR LIVE PERFORMANCE PILOT EVENTS

  [UPDATED] Digital Productions for Arts and Culture Stakeholders  

 

First issued on 21 June 2020
Updated on 20 July 2021

 

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:

  • [Updated] A maximum of 15 performers and crew on stage and backstage at any given time will be allowed.
  • This includes a maximum of 10 performers who can be unmasked at any given time.

  • Of the 10 unmasked performers, no more than 2 may sing or play instruments which require intentional expulsion of air at any given time.  

  • Maintain at least 1m safe distance between performers, including those remaining masked, as a general rule, although transient contact between performers during a performance is acceptable. Additionally:
    i. All unmasked performers that are engaging in higher risk activity (singing, playing of wind/brass instruments) should maintain at least 2m safe distance from others.
    ii. As a best practice, singers should try not to position themselves directly opposite each other and are encouraged to sing away from each other. If they cannot do so, they should maintain more than 2m distance apart from each other.
    iii. 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.   [Updated] Special provisions have been made for digital productions programmed and/or commissioned by NAC, Esplanade, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Chinese Orchestra, and the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre to involve no more than 30 persons (performers and crew), with no more than 10 performers unmasked at any given time. Of the 10 unmasked performers, no more than 2 performers may sing or play instruments which require intentional expulsion of air at any given time. Arts and culture companies and practitioners involved in such commissioned and/or programmed work will also be subject to these limits. This reflects these organisations’ role in the development of Singapore’s arts and culture sector, as national cultural institutions and companies.  

 

4.   [Updated] Arts and culture companies and practitioners with digital productions, recordings and all associated rehearsals are required to notify NAC before proceeding. The notification form can be found here (go.gov.sg/nacdigipdn).

 

Venue Requirements

 

5.   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.
  • Put in place temperature screening measures. Persons who are unwell should be turned away and encouraged to seek medical attention.
  • 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.

 

6.   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.

 

  [UPDATED] Arts and Culture Classes, Lectures, Talks and Workshops  

 

First issued on 19 June 2020
Updated on 20 July 2021
 

1.   [Updated] From 22 July through 18 August 2021, arts and culture classes and workshops will be allowed to continue in-person, subject to the requirements detailed below. However, classes which involve singing and playing of instruments that require intentional expulsion of air (e.g. wind instruments) must be suspended. Organisers of in-person classes are strongly encouraged to consider pivoting to online classes, as far as possible, to minimise intermingling between participants/groups attending these classes. 
 

2.   [Updated] With reference to MOH’s press release on 20 July 2021, instructors and staff who were placed on the mandatory Fast and Easy Testing (FET) regimes beginning from mid-July, would not be required to do so between 22 July through 18 August 2021 if their business operations are suspended. Organisations and individuals which continue their operations (e.g. by pivoting from mask-off activities to fully mask-on activities), must continue with the regular 14-day FET requirement. Such regular FET will continue to be made free of charge during this period.
 

3.  Please refer to the ‘Fast and Easy Testing for Higher-Risk Arts Instruction Activities section for further information.

 

Training classes and professional workshops

 

4.   In-person training classes and professional workshops, except for classes in dance, singing, voice training, speech and drama, and wind instruments, must adhere to the following requirements:

  • [Updated] Limit group size to no more than 2 participants (excluding one instructor).
  • [Updated] More than one group of 2 may be permitted in the same room, as long as there is:
    1. At least 1 metre spacing between all groups;
    2. No physical interaction or intermingling with other groups;
    3. No more than 50 persons in a single room
     
  • All participants and instructors must be properly masked at all times.Activities that cannot be conducted with masks on must be suspended. Face shields are not allowed as substitutes for proper masks.
  • 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.
  • All surfaces are to be thoroughly cleaned and/or disinfected between classes and workshops.
  • Venues should be as well-ventilated as possible.

 

Classes in Dance

5.   From 22 July through 18 August 2021, all indoor in-person dance classes must adhere to the following requirements:
 

  • Limit class size to no more than a maximum of 30 persons (including the instructor), subject to the total capacity that the venue can accommodate with safe distancing;

  • [Updated] Limit group size to no more than 2 persons.

  • [Updated] All persons must be properly masked at all times, including when performing the dance activity;

  • There must be a minimum of 2 metres safe distance between persons;

  • There must be a minimum of 3 metres spacing between each group;

  • There should be no provision of common equipment. Participants should also avoid sharing equipment;

  • Participants, including the instructor, must not talk loudly, sing, or shout while engaging in physical activities to minimise risk of transmission via droplets;

  • There must be a minimum of 15 minutes interval between class start times, if a premise is able to host multiple classes at a time. Alternatively, the premise must put in place separate routes to prevent intermingling and mixing between participants of different classes before and after class;

  • The classroom should be ventilated after the end of each class; 

  • Participants should leave the premises immediately once they have completed their class, or if they have exceeded a two hour period;

  • The premise should be wiped down / sanitised frequently; and

  • No food and drink is to be supplied or consumed within the activity area to ensure masks remain on (apart from bottled water)  
     

 

Classes in singing, voice training, speech and drama, wind and brass instrument

 

First issued on 3 August 2020
Updated on 20 July 2021
 

6.  [Updated] From 22 July through 18 August 2021, no singing or wind and brass instrument classes are permitted, even if masked.  Classes involving voice training and speech and drama will continue to be capped at 30 participants (including instructor). However, no unmasking is permitted at all times. Face shields are not a substitute for proper masks.


 

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  Phase 3 (Heightened Alert) Safe Management Measures for Arts and Culture Stakeholders  

Updated on 18 July 2021

 

1.  [Updated] On 16 Jul 2021, the Multi-Ministry Taskforce announced tightened measures for higher-risk settings from 19 July 2021 through 8 August 2021. These will affect arts and culture activities where there is unmasking for dance, singing and playing of instruments which require intentional expulsion of air. 

 

2.  Key updates to safe management measures (SMMs) for arts and culture stakeholders are summarised below, with further details in the respective sections. For the latest MOH statements on COVID-19, please visit: https://www.moh.gov.sg/covid-19. 

 


Updates for Live Performances and Digital Productions
 

3.  [Updated] There is no change to the total numbers of performers and crew and the total unmasked performers that can be allowed onstage and backstage at any given time. However, from 19 July 2021, out of the 10 unmasked performers, there can be a maximum of 2 unmasked performers for singing and playing of instruments which require intentional expulsion of air. This is a decrease from the cap of 5 previously. Arts and culture organisations may be permitted to have up to 5 unmasked performers singing and/or playing instruments which require intentional expulsion of air, subject to additional requirements. 

 

4.  Please refer to the ‘Resumption of Live Performances’ and ‘Digital Productions for Arts and Culture Stakeholders’ section for further information.

 

 

Updates for Classes, Lectures, Talks and Workshops

 

5.  [Updated] From 19 July 2021, all arts and culture classes involving unmasking for dancing, singing, wind instruments, voice training and speech and drama may have up to 30 participants, These classes are also subject to the updated SMMs in the ‘Arts and Culture Classes, Lectures, Talks and Workshops’ section.

 

6.  As part of the national enhanced measures for workers in higher-risk mask-off settings and to further reduce the risk of transmission in these settings, the Multi-Ministry Taskforce has introduced the Fast and Easy Testing (FET) regime on 18 June 2021. The FET will be made mandatory from 15 July 2021 for all instructors and staff at higher-risk, who come into contact with unmasked persons in the course of their work. This segment of the workforce is required to be on a regular FET regime using tests such as the antigen rapid test (ART), regardless of their vaccination status.

 

7.  FET will only be required for Instructors in the fields of dance, singing, wind/brass instruments, speech and drama and voice training, where participants/students are engaged in unmasked activities.

 

8.  Please refer to the  Fast and Easy Testing for Higher-Risk Arts Instruction Activities section for further information.

 


TraceTogether only SafeEntry Implementation and SafeEntry Gateway

 

9.  TraceTogether (TT) only SafeEntry, where the TraceTogether App or Token is required for SafeEntry check-ins, has been rolled out nationally on 17 May 2021. Art and culture premises are to ensure that they are able to accept TT Tokens for SafeEntry check-in  at their venues as soon as possible if not already done.  With the implementation of TT-only SafeEntry, venue operators must only allow individuals who have successfully checked in using their TT App or TT Token to enter the venues. 

 

10. SafeEntry Gateway is deployed as an additional mode of SafeEntry check-in to facilitate a more seamless check-in experience and to ensure that TT Tokens are accepted and working. These venues are required to deploy the SafeEntry Gateway by 15 June 2021. The full list of venues required to deploy SafeEntry Gateway can be found on the SafeEntry website (go.gov.sg/gateway-overview).



Venue Hire Subsidy 


11. The Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth has extended its existing 80% subsidy for venue hire and in-house production costs (where applicable) until end September 2021, and will review any potential further extensions. This subsidy will be for arts and culture activities permitted to resume at venues in the Esplanade, National Gallery Singapore, National Heritage Board museums and heritage institutions, STPI Creative Workshop & Gallery, Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre, Singapore Conference Hall, as well as those managed by Arts House Limited. It has also been extended to select arts centres with shared facilities under NAC. Please contact participating organisations directly for details.  


 

Towards a Safe and Sustainable Reopening

 

12. NAC will deploy Safe Distancing Ambassadors (SDAs) to perform scheduled inspections at arts and cultural premises, to encourage compliance to SMMs. Arts and culture companies and practitioners who do not implement or comply with requirements may be closed down, ineligible for government grants and assistance, and subject to penalties under the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act 2020.  Additional penalties may be imposed on arts and culture stakeholders whose premises are found to have been a place of transmission of COVID-19, if they have not adhered to these requirements.

 

13. NAC will continue to work with arts and culture stakeholders, and relevant Government agencies, to expand and restart activities so that our arts practitioners can continue their good work. Further updates on the provisions and SMMs for these activities will be published here when available.

 

14. A safe and sustainable re-opening requires all of us to play our part. It is critical that we continue to exercise caution, adhere to SMMs, and practise social responsibility. Collectively, we can progressively re-open our economy and society while remaining safe.

 

15. For queries on the SMMs in each of the following sections, please email NAC_Feedback@nac.gov.sg.
 

  heightened alert to minimise transmission - Tightening Safe management measures for arts and culture stakeholders  

Updated as of 14 and 18 May 2021

 

On 14 May 2021, the Multi-Ministry Taskforce (MTF) announced tightened community measures to decisively arrest the increasing number of cases in the community.  

 

Key updates to safe management measures (SMMs) for arts and culture stakeholders are summarised below, with further details in the respective sections. For the latest MOH statements on COVID-19, please visit: https://www.moh.gov.sg/covid-19

 

Updates to Group Sizes for Arts and Culture Activities and Live Performances

 

From 16 May through 13 Jun 2021, group sizes are limited to no more than 2 persons. This will apply to all arts and culture activities, including classes, lectures, talks and workshops, as well as live performances. This has been reflected in the respective sections.

 

Updates for Live Performances 

 

All indoor and outdoor live performances should be deferred, unless these have been announced and publicised before 5 May 2021. Live performances which have been publicised before 5 May 2021 and which are scheduled to take place from 8 May through 13 Jun 2021 may only proceed with approval from MTI. From 16 May – 13 Jun 2021, audiences will be capped at 50 pax (without pre-event testing) or 100 pax (with pre-event testing). 

 

To seek approval to proceed for indoor and outdoor live performances which have been publicised before 5 May 2021, and which are scheduled to take place from 8 May through 13 Jun 2021, please submit the application form found in the ‘Resumption of Live Performances’ section, to NAC and STB.  

 

There should be no announcement, publicity or ticket sale for live performances which have not already been publicised, until further notice.

 

From 16 May through 13 Jun 2021, all performers must be properly masked at all times on stage. Face shields are not allowed as a substitute for masks. There must also be no singing, and no playing of instruments that require intentional expulsion of air (e.g. wind and brass instruments), even if masked, in all live performances.

 

Please refer to the ‘Resumption of Indoor Live Performances’ section for further information.

 

Updates for Digital Production

 

From 16 May through 13 Jun 2021, a maximum of 15 performers and crew are allowed on stage and backstage at any given time. This includes a maximum of 10 performers who can be unmasked at any given time. Of the 10 unmasked performers, no more than 2 may sing or play wind or brass instruments, at any given time. The same provisions apply to rehearsals with no audiences.

 

Arts and culture companies and practitioners with digital productions, recordings and all associated rehearsals during this period are required to notify NAC before proceeding. Please fill up the notification form found in the ‘Digital Productions for Arts and Culture Stakeholders’ section, to NAC.
 

Updates for Classes, Lectures, Talks and Workshops


From 8 May through 13 Jun 2021, all dance classes are required to adhere to the tightened SMMs that have been updated in the ‘Arts and Culture Classes, Lectures, Talks and Workshops’ section.


From 16 May through 13 Jun 2021, all speakers, participants and instructors in arts and culture classes, lectures, talks and workshops must be properly masked at all times. Activities that cannot be conducted with masks on must be suspended. There are to be no classes in singing or wind and brass instruments, even if masked.


Face shields are not allowed as a substitute for proper masks. 
 

[UPDATE] In line with MOE’s advisory on the “Suspension of In-person Private Tuition and Enrichment for Students Aged 18 and Younger” dated 18 May 2021, all arts and culture classes and workshops for participants aged 18 or younger must implement online lessons or suspend lessons from 19 May to 13 June 2021 (inclusive). This applies to all organisations and individuals conducting such classes and workshops (including centre-based classes and workshops, home-based businesses, as well as 1-on-1 classes and workshops).

 

TraceTogether only SafeEntry Implementation and SafeEntry Gateway

 

TraceTogether (TT) only SafeEntry, where the TraceTogether App or Token is required for SafeEntry check-ins, will be rolled out nationally on 17 May 2021. In preparation, art and culture premises are to ensure that they are able to accept TT Tokens for SafeEntry check-in  at their venues as soon as possible if not already done.  Once TT only SafeEntry is implemented, venue operators should allow only individuals who have successfully checked into SafeEntry using their TT App or TT Token to enter the venues. 

 

SafeEntry Gateway will be deployed as an additional mode of SafeEntry check-in to more public-facing venues where people are likely to be in contact for prolonged periods, in order to facilitate a more seamless check-in experience and to ensure that TT Tokens are working. These venues will be required to deploy the SafeEntry Gateway by 15 June 2021. The full list of venues required to deploy SafeEntry Gateway can be found on the SafeEntry website (go.gov.sg/gateway-overview).

 

Venue Hire Subsidy

 

The Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth has extended its existing 80% subsidy for venue hire and in-house production costs (where applicable) until end-September 2021, and will review any potential further extensions. This subsidy will be for arts and culture activities permitted to resume at venues in the Esplanade, National Gallery Singapore, National Heritage Board museums and heritage institutions, STPI Creative Workshop & Gallery, Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre, Singapore Conference Hall, as well as those managed by Arts House Limited. It has also been extended to select arts centres with shared facilities under NAC. Please contact participating organisations directly for details.

 

Towards a Safe and Sustainable Reopening

 

NAC will deploy Safe Distancing Ambassadors (SDAs) to perform scheduled inspections at arts and cultural premises, to encourage compliance to SMMs. Arts and culture companies and practitioners who do not implement or comply with requirements may be closed down, ineligible for government grants and assistance, and subject to penalties under the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act 2020.  Additional penalties may be imposed on arts and culture stakeholders whose premises are found to have been a place of transmission of COVID-19, if they have not adhered to these requirements.

 

NAC will continue to work with arts and culture stakeholders, and relevant Government agencies, to expand and restart activities so that our arts practitioners can continue their good work. Further updates on the provisions and SMMs for these activities will be published here when available.

 

A safe and sustainable re-opening requires all of us to play our part. It is critical that we continue to exercise caution, adhere to SMMs, and practise social responsibility. Collectively, we can progressively re-open our economy and society while remaining safe.

 

For queries on the SMMs in each of the following sections, please email NAC_Feedback@nac.gov.sg.
 

  easing of smms for arts and culture stakeholders in phase 3  

On 24 March 2021, the Ministry of Health (MOH) announced that Singapore will be expanding our vaccination programme, and as we vaccinate more of our population, more economic and community activities will be allowed to resume. Key updates to safe management measures (SMMs) for arts and culture stakeholders are summarised below, with further details in the respective sections of this advisory. For the latest MOH advisories on COVID-19, please visit: https://www.moh.gov.sg/covid-19

 

Updates for Live Performances 
 

From 5 April 2021, singing by performers with masks on will be permitted on stage. However, as per prevailing SMMs, only a maximum of 10 performers are allowed to unmask and of that 10 performers, only maximum of 5 are allowed to sing unmasked at any given time.

 

From 24 April 2021, zoning will no longer be required for live performances as long as all other SMMs are adhered to, including ensuring that: (i) all audience members remain seated and masked throughout the live performance; and (ii) Trace Together (TT)-only Safe Entry (SE) is implemented for all audience members. 

 From 24 April 2021, live performances may have up to 750 audience members (with safe distancing) if pre-event testing is implemented. Pre-event testing is not required for live performances with no more than 250 audience members. 
 

 

  • PET testing must be done before entry to the live performance and at most 24 hours before the end of the live performance. MOH will be releasing further information and tools to support organisers in implementing pre-event testing; this will be made available at https://go.gov.sg/pet when ready.
     
  • Individuals who have completed the full vaccination regimen and have had time to develop sufficient protection (i.e. two weeks after the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccination) are exempted from PET testing ahead of the live performance.
     

Increased Capacity for Arts and Culture Classes and Workshops

From 5 April 2021, the capacity for singing, voice training, speech and drama and wind and brass instrument classes will be increased in alignment with similar settings such as digital productions and rehearsals:
 

  • Classes involving these activities may have up to 30 pax in a class (including instructor(s) and accompanists(s)), with only the same group of 10 pax allowed to unmask throughout; and
     
  • If singing is conducted during the class, only the same 5 fixed singers may be unmasked and sing throughout. Masked singing by the other participants is allowed.
     
  • The total number in the classroom cannot exceed what the room can take with safe distancing. There must be at least 1m safe distance between individuals who are masked. For individuals who are unmasked, they must maintain a 2m safe distance with the next individual. 
     
  • E.g. In a classroom of 26 students for jazz singing lessons with an instructor and accompanists on keyboard, guitar and saxophone, it is permissible for up to 10 fixed individuals in the classroom to be unmasked. Among that 10, there must not be more than 5 fixed individuals singing. Individuals must be 1 m apart if masked, and 2m apart if they are unmasked.

 

Please refer to the ‘Arts and Culture Classes, Lectures, Talks and Workshops’ section further information.

 

TraceTogether only SafeEntry Implementation 

TraceTogether (TT) only SafeEntry, where the TraceTogether App or Token is required for SafeEntry check-ins, will be rolled out nationally. In preparation, art and culture premises are to ensure that they are able to accept TT Tokens for SafeEntry check-in  at their venues as soon as possible if not already done.  Once TT only SafeEntry is implemented, venue operators should allow only individuals who have successfully checked into SafeEntry using their TT App or TT Token to enter the venues. 

 

Venue Hire Subsidy 

The Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth has extended its existing 80% subsidy for venue hire and in-house production costs (where applicable) until 30 June 2021, and will review any potential further extensions. This subsidy will be for arts and culture activities permitted to resume at venues in the Esplanade, National Gallery Singapore, National Heritage Board museums and heritage institutions, STPI Creative Workshop & Gallery, Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre, Singapore Conference Hall, as well as those managed by Arts House Limited. It has also been extended to select arts centres with shared facilities under NAC. Please contact participating organisations directly for details.  

 

Towards a Safe and Sustainable Reopening

NAC will deploy Safe Distancing Ambassadors (SDAs) to perform scheduled inspections at arts and cultural premises, to encourage compliance to SMMs. Arts and culture companies and practitioners who do not implement or comply with requirements may be closed down, ineligible for government grants and assistance, and subject to penalties under the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act 2020.  Additional penalties may be imposed on arts and culture stakeholders whose premises are found to have been a place of transmission of COVID-19, if they have not adhered to these requirements.

NAC will continue to work with arts and culture stakeholders, and relevant Government agencies, to expand and restart activities so that our arts practitioners can continue their good work. Further updates on the provisions and SMMs for these activities will be published here when available.

A safe and sustainable re-opening requires all of us to play our part. It is critical that we continue to exercise caution, adhere to SMMs, and practise social responsibility. Collectively, we can progressively re-open our economy and society while remaining safe.

For queries on this advisory or the SMMs in each of the following sections, please email NAC_Feedback@nac.gov.sg.
 

  Phase three of Re-Opening for Arts and Culture Stakeholders  

On 14 December 2020, the Ministry of Health (MOH) announced that Singapore would start Phase Three of Re-opening from 28 December 2020.

 
For updated guidelines for Arts and Culture stakeholders, please refer to the tabs below.

 

For the latest MOH advisories on COVID-19, please visit: https://www.moh.gov.sg/covid-19   

 

 

TraceTogether only SafeEntry Implementation 
 

TraceTogether (TT) only SafeEntry, where SafeEntry check-in can only be done via the TT App or Token, will be implemented in early 2021 after everyone who wants a Token has had a chance to collect one at a Community Club or Centre in their constituency. In preparation, art and culture premises are to ensure that they are able to accept TT Tokens for SafeEntry check-in* at their venues as soon as possible if not already done.  Once TT only SafeEntry is implemented, venue operators should allow only individuals who have successfully checked into SafeEntry using their TT App or TT Token to enter the venues. 

 

*Refer to https://go.gov.sg/token-scanning to find out how to implement Token check-in.

 

 

Venue Hire Subsidy
 

The Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth will extend its existing 80% subsidy for venue hire and in-house production costs (where applicable) for the remainder of FY20 (i.e. until 31 March 2021), and will review any potential further extensions. This subsidy will be for arts and culture activities permitted to resume in Phase Three at venues in the Esplanade, National Gallery Singapore, National Heritage Board museums and heritage institutions, STPI Creative Workshop & Gallery, Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre, Singapore Conference Hall, as well as those managed by Arts House Limited. It has also been extended to select arts centres with shared facilities under NAC. Please contact participating organisations directly for details. 

  Phase Two of Re-Opening for Arts and Culture Stakeholders  

On 15 June 2020, the Ministry of Health announced that Singapore would move into Phase Two of Re-opening after 18 June 2359 hours, and that further guidance would be provided by relevant agencies for their respective sectors.  

 

UPDATE: indoor live performances are allowed to resume at permitted venues from 1 November 2020. There will continue to be no performances and events with audiences (“live performances”) for now, as large gatherings of people for a prolonged period of time increases the risk of transmission of the virus.  All indoor and outdoor performance venues (e.g. theatres, concert halls, blackboxes) will therefore remain closed to such activities.  The National Arts Council (NAC) will continue to engage arts and culture stakeholders on safe management measures that will allow live performances and events to resume in a safe manner for performers and audiences.

 

However, there will be a progressive resumption of other activities for arts and culture companies and practitioners in Phase Two, to support continued artmaking, cultivation of audiences, and the professional upgrading of our community.  Through this advisory, NAC would like to provide further information on these activities, and the safe management measures which have to be in effect before these activities are permitted to resume. 

 

Arts and culture organisations should log onto MTI’s Go Business portal with your CorpPass to confirm the activities you are permitted to resume, and the date of resumption.  

 

Workplaces

 

Arts and culture premises, including studios for art-making, can be used as workplaces from 19 June 2020, subject to the Ministry of Manpower’s Requirements for Safe Management Measures at the Workplace. Access to the premises should be restricted to employees and authorised visitors only.  Arts and culture premises should remain closed as workplaces if they are unable to adhere to MOM’s requirements.

 

Digital Productions 

For NAC's advisory for digital productions, please refer to the relevant tab(s) above.

 

Arts and Culture Classes, Lectures, Talks and Workshops

For NAC's advisory on arts and culture classes, lectures, talks and workshops, please refer to the relevant tab(s) above.

 

Commercial Art Galleries and Non-Profit Exhibition/Gallery Facilities

 

Commercial Art Galleries can re-open to the public from 19 June 2020, similar to other retail establishments, subject to Enterprise Singapore’s safe management measures for retail establishments.

 

Non-Profit Exhibition/Gallery Facilities may also re-open to the public for exhibitions from 26 June 2020, subject to the safe management measures set out in National Heritage Board’s advisory for museum stakeholders. Owners/managers of such facilities are to submit their safe management plan (SMP) to NAC at least three days prior to reopening to the public.   However, NAC reserves the right to suspend activities if there are gaps in the SMP submitted or inadequate implementation, until the necessary rectifications are made. If the facility wishes to deviate from the safe management measures indicated in NHB’s advisory, NAC’s explicit approval must first be obtained before facilities can be re-opened.

 

Venue Requirements
 

The owners/managers of all arts and culture premises which re-open for the above-mentioned activities are to also ensure the following:

 

  • Implement visitor registration and contact tracing measures via SafeEntry or Trace Together-only SafeEntry. Encourage visitors to install and use TraceTogether.
  • Place temperature screening measures. Persons who are unwell should be turned away and encouraged to seek medical attention.
  • Adopt SG Clean standards as new norm for sanitisation and hygiene standards:
  1. Adhere to sanitation and hygiene advisories disseminated by the National Environment Agency;
  2. Provide cleaning agents at all toilet and hand-wash stations;
  3. Provide disinfecting agents at all human traffic stoppage points within venue;
  4. 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 measures, practice social responsibility and encourage the observance of social norms such as:
  1. Observe good personal hygiene (e.g. regular hand washing, refrain from touching face);
  2. Avoid handshakes and greet with a smile;
  3. Avoid speaking loudly to reduce risk of transmission through droplets. 

 

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.

 

Venue Hire Subsidy

 

The Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth will extend its existing 30% subsidy for venue hire and in-house production costs (where applicable) to 80% during Phase Two, subject to review and the prevailing national situation. This subsidy will be for arts and culture activities permitted to resume in Phase Two at venues in the Esplanade, National Gallery Singapore, National Heritage Board museums and heritage institutions, STPI Creative Workshop & Gallery, Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre, Singapore Conference Hall, as well as those managed by Arts House Limited. It will also be extended to select arts centres with shared facilities under NAC. Participating organisations will communicate details of how arts and culture stakeholders can benefit from the extended subsidy, separately. 

 

Details on other forms of support for the arts and culture sector can be found at https://www.nac.gov.sg/whatwedo/support/sustaining-the-arts-during-covid-19/acrp.html. Self-Employed Persons and freelancers can also subscribe online to NAC’s Arts Resource Hub access to shared resources, services and advice.

 

Towards a Safe and Sustainable Re-opening

 

NAC will monitor the situation closely and take action against any non-compliance with required safe management measures.  Arts and culture companies and practitioners who do not implement or comply with requirements may be closed down, ineligible for government grants and assistance, and subject to penalties under the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act 2020.  Additional penalties may be imposed on arts and culture stakeholders whose premises are found to have been a place of transmission of COVID-19, if they have not adhered to these requirements.

 

A safe and sustainable re-opening requires all of us, including arts and culture stakeholders, to play our part.  It is critical that we continue to exercise caution, adhere to safe management measures, and practice social responsibility.  Collectively, we can progressively re-open our economy and society while remaining safe.

 

Queries on the above advisory can be directed to NAC_Feedback@nac.gov.sg.

 

 

 

 

Updated as of 20 July 2021