EXTERNAL ADVISORY ON COVID-19

Arts House Limited (AHL) manage five venues (The Arts House, Victoria Theatre and Victoria Concert Hall, Drama Centre, Aliwal Arts Centre & Goodman Arts Centre). During the circuit breaker period, all venues were closed from 7 April to 18 June 2020; in line with MOH and MTI advisories issued on 3 April 2020. From 19 June 2020, NAC announced the latest guidelines for Phase Two of Re-Opening for Arts and Culture Stakeholders available here.   

Following the announcement by the Multi-Ministry Task Force on 14 December 2020, Singapore will enter into phase 3 from 28 December 2020. For the Arts & Culture sector, live performances have been allowed to resume at all AHL venues since 1 November 2020. AHL’s Victoria Concert Hall and Drama Centre participated in successful pilot programmes prior to the resumption of live performances. All five venues are SG-Clean certified.

We would like to share the most recent advisories in chronological order starting from the resumption of training classes and professional workshops in August 2020. 

  • From 3 August 2020: 
    • Training classes and professional workshops including singing, voice training, speech and drama, wind and brass instruments may resume under controlled conditions. All classes, courses and workshops must adhere to a list of requirements before they resume. Please click here to read the list of requirements. 

  • From 17 August 2020: 
    • Special provisions have been catered for digital productions programmed and / or commissioned by National Arts Council, Esplanade, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Chinese Orchestra and the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre. These digital productions can involve no more than 50 persons (cast and crew), with no more than 20 performers unmasked at any given time.  
       
    • Notwithstanding, productions with “live” singing must not have more than 30 persons (cast and crew) involved, with no more than 5 performers unmasked at any given time. 

    • From 1 November 2020: 
      • Following the live performance pilots which were conducted from 11 September, Ministry of Health announced that indoor live performances would be allowed to resume at all AHL venues with safe management measures in place, and up to two zones of 50 audience members with adherence to zoning requirements. However, it doesn’t by default cover all tenanted spaces within the venues as it depends on the tenant’s SSIC code. 

    • Audiences are to comprise no more than 5 persons per group and there will be no physical interaction or mixing between groups.  
    • Audiences should be masked at all times. Audiences groups are to be seated at least 1 metre apart and not to move around the venue during performances.  
    • A safe distance of 3 metres should also be observed between audiences and performers at all times.  

  • From 28 December 2020: 
    • AHL will be able to host indoor performances of up to 250 persons, in zones of 50 persons each and adherence to zoning requirements.
    • Audiences should be masked at all times. Audience groups are to be seated at least 1 metre apart and not to move around the venue during performances.
    • A safe distance of 3 metres should also be observed between audiences and performers at all times. There will be no physical interaction between audiences and performers.
    • For F&B outlets, audiences are to compromise no more than 8 persons per group and there will be no physical interaction or mixing between groups.
    • For F&B outlets managing marriage solemnisations (in indoor venues only), live instrumental music (except for wind instruments) will be allowed with the necessary safe management measures in place


 Food & Beverage Outlets at AHL Venues
  • [Goodman Arts Centre] Café Melba has resumed operations on 19 June, with safe-distancing, contact tracing and precautionary measures in-place.
  • [Victoria Concert Hall] Sinfonia Ristorante has resumed operations on 4 July, with safe-distancing, contact tracing and precautionary measures in-place.
  • [Drama Centre] OTC Café has resumed operations on 2 July, with safe distancing, contact tracing and precautionary measures in-place.
  • [The Arts House] Timbre X S.E.A has resumed operations on 26 October, with safe distancing, contact tracing and precautionary measures in place.
  • [Aliwal Arts Centre] The Fabulous Baker Boy will open for business in January 2021, with safe distancing, contact tracing and precautionary measures in place.

Audiences can look forward to traditional, classical and contemporary music, dance and theatre beginning from 1 November 2020 and involving well-loved artists and arts groups from our arts and culture community. Further details will be made available on our websites once ready. 

The safety and well-being of our artists and audiences continue to be of highest priority to AHL. We will continue to provide a safe and secure environment that our artists and audiences can enjoy. We seek the public’s understanding that the audience experience for these indoor live performances will differ from previous performances, as a result of the SMMs to ensure the safety of all involved.

These requirements are subject to further review based on the global situation and developments in Singapore, including changes to MOH’s advisories. Please stay tuned to our websites and social media for more updates. For general enquiries, please contact us at communications@artshouse.sg.