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Covid-19 Resources

We are currently in Phase 3 of the Scottish Government’s Route Map out of lockdown.

Scottish Government Updates

The First Minister has announced additional restrictions including a curfew of 22:00 for pubs, clubs and restaurants from 25 September and a prohibition on visiting other households indoors from 23 September. Official advice remains that everyone who can work from home, should work from home.  The Scottish Government has also announced support of £500 for people on low incomes who are required to self-isolate.

  • 22 September 2020 – Link
  • 10 September 2020 – Link
  • 20 August 2020 – Link

Theatre re-opening date

The current indicative date for theatres in Scotland to re-open, following guidance (e.g. physical distancing, restricted numbers), is 5 October 2020. This date is subject to review on 1 October 2020.

Government Guidance for Performing Arts

Scottish Government guidance for the performing arts and venues sector was updated on 17 September and can be found here. The updates relate mainly to singing and playing wind and brass instruments, and to guidance for non-professionals.

As of 24 August 2020, the Scottish Government has amended the law to enable theatres, while they remain closed to members of the public, to:

  • record a performance,
  • broadcast a performance to people outside the premises, whether over the internet or as part of a radio or television broadcast, or
  • rehearse or otherwise prepare for a performance

This is in addition to existing provisions which enable theatres to:

  • host blood donation sessions and /or
  • take preparatory steps, while the premises remain closed to members of the public, towards taking measures to ensure limited numbers, distancing, hygiene control and limiting face-to-face contact.

Below you will find further resources and advice relating to Covid-19.

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.

Online Meet-ups across the sector

There are a lot of online meetings within the sector right now and here’s a list, which we will try to keep up-to-date. If you are an organiser of such a meeting, contact hello@scottishthteatre.org to have it listed here. The meet ups are listed chronologically, while the regular meet ups are listed at the bottom of the […]