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Covid-19 Resources

Scottish Government

Updates & Guidance

We are currently in Phase 3 of the Scottish Government’s Route Map out of lockdown. The Scottish Government has introduced as of Monday 2 November 2020 a 5-level Protection Levels Framework across the country.

The Protection Levels across Scotland will be updated weekly by the Scottish Government. You can check the current level of your local area here.

Theatre Re-opening in Levels 0 and 1

  • Under the Protection Levels Framework theatre venues are only allowed to open in Levels 0 and 1
  • An upper attendance capacity has been set at 100 in Level 1, and 250 in Level 0. We understand that this upper capacity has been set to mitigate the public health risk of large numbers of people gathering together, travelling to venues and using public transport and local infrastructure
  • The Scottish Government confirmed that re-opening in Level 1 (as with all the Scottish regulations determining when sectors can re-open) is not a mandatory requirement.The decision of whether or not to open is at the discretion of the venue and will not omit you from making use of the Job Retention Scheme

Scottish Government Guidance

  • Performing Arts and Venues sector guidance can be found here. Last updated 10 November 2020
  • Events sector guidance can be found here. Last updated 9 November 2020

UK Government

Updates & Guidance

Furlough Extension

The UK Government has confirmed that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (furlough) is to be extended until March 2021 across the whole of the UK. The CJRS scheme will be provided at the level originally announced at the start of lockdown., i.e: 80% of wages for the time that employees are unable to work.

In this scenario venues in Level 1 of the Scottish Government’s Protection Levels Framework will still be able to claim the CJRS for hours when their staff are not working, whether they open or not.

SEISS Extension

The UK Government has confirmed that in line with the extension of furlough, the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme has also been extended. The extension will last for 6 months, from November 2020 to April 2021. Grants will be paid in 2 lump sum instalments each covering a 3 month period.

For the period from 1 November 2020 until 31 January 2021 the Government will provide a taxable grant calculated at 80% of 3 months average monthly trading profits, paid out in a single instalment and capped at £7,500 in total. This is an increase from the previously announced amount of 55%.

The online service for the next grant will be available from 30 November 2020. HMRC will provide full details about claiming and applications in guidance on GOV.UK in due course.

FST Updates

Listening & Responding

FST recognises the severity of the challenge that re-opening within current legislation presents for our venue, company and individual members.

We are working hard to make the case for the theatre industry to be recognised for its high standards of customer care and health and safety; for the need for venue-specific decisions about capacities; and for additional financial support to make the creation and presentation of work possible if our sector is to survive and thrive.

FST continues to liaise with the Scottish Government and Creative Scotland to ensure the diverse needs of our sector are represented and heard. We will continue to update the membership via email, our website and social media as soon as we can ensure that information is accurate.

If you have any questions or enquiries during this time, regarding FST in general or more specifically concerning a particular issue then please email us at hello@scottishtheare.org

Below you can find further news, resources and advice relating to COVID-19.

Insight / Job Retention Scheme

Anderson Strathearn has updated its Job Retention Scheme (JRS) guidance and information in response to the recent UK Government decision to extend the scheme until March 2021. This article outlines the provisions of the scheme based upon the available information on 11 November 2020, covering the position for claims relating the period up to 31 […]

Contracts and Covid – FST Training

In October 2020, FST held a training session focused on contracting during the Covid-19 pandemic. During the session, speakers Scott Fyfe, Associate at Anderson Strathern and Callum Smith, Producer at National Theatre of Scotland gave advice and answered specific questions relating to the topic. Available below are resources signposted during the session: Playwrights and Digital […]

Weston Culture Fund now open

The Garfield Weston Foundation has opened its specialist Culture Fund for mid-scale/larger organisations operating within the UK. Organisations must be able to demonstrate a minimum annual income of £500,000 in a pre-COVID year, this cannot include income relating to capital projects.

Insight / The Job Support Scheme

Solicitors Anderson Strathearn have created a very helpful overview of the recent updates to the Government’s Job Support Scheme. It covers key questions you may have and what you need to know, helping to demystify what can be a confusing process.

Theatres Trust – Theatre Reopening Fund

In response to the coronavirus crisis, Theatres Trust have repurposed their small grants schemes to support theatres to cover the additional costs of reopening after several months’ closure. The Theatre Reopening Fund will support building improvements and purchasing equipment that will support the theatre to be able to open viably and safely. It will not […]

Scottish Government announced £10m investment in performing arts

Professional performing arts industry body, the Federation of Scottish Theatre (FST) today warmly welcomed the Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Fair Work and Culture’s announcement of a £10 million fund to help secure the future of live theatre and dance in Scotland. FST’s members have been hit hard by Covid-19.  International tours were cancelled from the […]

Reopening guidance for creative studios and shared workspaces

The Scottish Government have published guidance for the creative industries, in particular for providers and users of creative studios in Scotland, for safe working and reopening during the coronavirus pandemic. It came into effect immediately on publication – from 30 June 2020 – and applies until further notice. It will be reviewed in line with the […]

#LoveTheatreScotland campaign

Several FST Members got together to write a letter to their performing arts colleagues to encourage them to use #LoveTheatreScotland on social media to emphasise why theatre matters, what it means to us and to our audiences.

Reopening of Arts Centres – Guidelines

Please note that Slua are an Irish organisation, therefore a lot of links and advice relates to Ireland, however, the structure of the document and the main points to cover are applicable to UK-based organisations.