Theatre Forum have published useful Guidelines on the Re-opening of Arts Centres. These will assist arts centres throughout the country to consider how they might prepare to re-open under radically changed circumstances.
The Government’s Phased Reopening plan provides a road map for organisations, including those supported by the Arts Council, to reopen their workplaces, cafés, galleries, artist studios, theatres, rehearsal and dance studios at various times in the coming summer months. Many arts organisations will face this challenge of reopening after a few difficult months of Covid-19 pandemic restrictions.
The purpose of the Re-opening Arts Centres – Guidelines published is to bring the necessary public health and safety expertise to all of the country’s arts centres. Working with Theatre Forum, Peter Jordan and Joanne Moore of SLUA Event Safety Consultancy have prepared these Guidelines so Arts Centres can reopen as workplaces as well as safe places of assembly. A Working Group, chaired by Patricia McBride of An Grianán Theatre in Letterkenny and a director of Theatre Forum, provided feedback from the Arts Council as well as the sector.