Latest Advisories for Singapore Creatives (22 July to 18 August 2021)7 min readReading Time: 5 minutes
From the NAC (Issued 20 July 2021):
Key updates (live performances):
– 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.
– 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.
– 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.
– 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.
– 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.
– Adopt seating arrangements to ensure 1m safe distance between groups of up to 2 all around.
– 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.
– (On stage) 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.
Key updates (digital productions for arts and culture stakeholders):
– A maximum of 15 performers and crew on stage and backstage at any given time will be allowed for arts and culture stakeholders who would like to use and/or rent out their premises for digital productions and recording of courses and performances.
– 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.
– 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).
Key updates (arts and culture classes, lectures, talks and workshops):
– 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.
– 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.
Training classes and professional workshops
– 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:
– Limit group size to no more than 2 participants (excluding one instructor).
– More than one group of 2 may be permitted in the same room, as long as there is:
– At least 1 metre spacing between all groups;
– No physical interaction or intermingling with other groups;
– No more than 50 persons in a single room
Classes in Dance
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;
– Limit group size to no more than 2 persons.
– 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;
– Participants should 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
– 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.
From the IMDA (issued 21 July 2021)
From 22 July 2021 to 18 August 2021, companies should take note of the following rules:
– All content productions may proceed with no more than 15 personnel on location, including no more than 10 onscreen talent/performers (who may be unmasked if necessary), at any given time.
– Companies registered with IMDA may proceed with no more than 30 personnel on location, including no more than 10 onscreen talent/performers (who may be unmasked if necessary), at any given time.
– Filming or recording of “live” singing is limited to no more than 2 singers at any given time, for companies registered with IMDA. For those not registered with IMDA, only companies with SSIC codes starting with 59 may proceed after notifying IMDA (form in the Resources section below). These singers must observe a 2-metre safe distancing from the next person.
From the PPAS (issued 21 July 2021)
SMM Guidelines Summary (Source: PPAS):
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