Guidance and best practice for reopening the culture sector as COVID-19 lockdown eases

Government and independent organisations have published guidance on reopening various sectors with the arts, culture and creative industries. Links to guidance resources are below and will be updated as more information becomes available:

New guidance for reopening of museums, galleries and the heritage sector (GOV.UK)

Performing arts resume outdoor performances 11 July 2020 (GOV.UK)

NMDC Good Practice Guidelines on Opening Museums After July 4th

Theatres allowed to host audiences with guidelines from 1 August

UK Arts Venue Roadmap

On Thursday 25 June, DCMS Secretary of State, Oliver Dowden, published a five-stage plan for a "phased return", which will initially let performances take place outdoors, with indoors performances to follow later.

  • Stage One - Rehearsal and training (no audiences and adhering to social distancing guidelines)
  • Stage Two - Performances for broadcast and recording purposes (adhering to social distancing guidelines)
  • Stage Three - Performances outdoors with an audience plus pilots for indoor performances with a limited distance audience
  • Stage Four - Performances allowed indoors/outdoors (but with a limited distanced audience indoors)
  • Stage Five - Performances allowed indoors/outdoors (with a fuller audience indoors)

Mr Dowden said he wanted "to raise the curtain on live performances" as soon as possible, and that the roadmap "provides a clear pathway back".

He said: "I am determined to ensure the performing arts do not stay closed longer than is absolutely necessary to protect public health."

Museum of Liverpool  Image: Ant Clausen

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