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Arts Council of Northern Ireland Publishes Manual for Safe Reopening of Performance Venues

5th August 2020

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland has today published a comprehensive guidance manual to support the safe reopening of arts performance venues closed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

‘In the Bubble of Our Making: Reopening the Arts in Northern Ireland’, commissioned from SLUA health and safety specialists, provides an extensive range of practical measures that will enable performance spaces, including theatres, arts centres, galleries, studios and arts hubs, to re-open to the public safely and in full compliance with current NI Executive and UK Government guidelines and regulations.

Theatre and Dance NI was part of the working group set up to work closely with ACNI and SLUA on the design of these guidelines, specifically focusing on the needs of our creative practitioners and considerations for returning to the workplace. Thanks to our members for your feedback and input to the guidance as they were developed.

The document is available to read here.

The guidance sets out the protocols, adjustments and equipment that will be required by venues to maintain social distancing and protect the health and wellbeing of audiences, performers, staff and participants. It covers all aspects of reopening, including risk assessments, staff training, capacity considerations and special provisions, so that audiences can be reassured that all the appropriate measures are in place and the environment they are entering is safe.

There is also a special section within the manual, ‘Creating Work’, which offers guidance for organisations, arts groups, individual practitioners and everyone engaged within the arts in taking those important steps back into working together safely to present public performances.

For more information visit the Arts Council’s website.