ABTT Guidance Notes on COVID-19

Guidance Note 101: COVID-19 Risk Assessments for Returning to Work in Places of Entertainment
(To be read in conjunction with ABTT Guidance Note 102 etc)

Guidance Note 102: COVID-19 Returning to Work Support Information
(To be read in conjunction with ABTT Guidance Note 101)

Guidance Note 103: COVID-19 Production and Technical Departments Safe Working Procedures
(To be read in conjunction with ABTT Guidance Note 101)

Downloadable Resources on getting back to work:

The below documents and links are working documents provided by organisations and companies attempting to work safely in our Industry. These documents must only be taken in the context of which the companies have created them.  While the ABTT would like to ensure these documents are shared and available for the public, we must emphasise that these are in development and should not be considered as codes of practice or standards which the ABTT as we usually create and publish. We cannot take responsibility for the accuracy of the content, though the ABTT intend to contribute towards national guidelines in the future.

CIBSE information on emerging from lock-down

CIBSE information on Coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, COVID-19 and HVAC Systems

DCMS Document on Working Safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)

DCMS given Performing Arts the green light to resume outdoors on July 11th

HSE Document on LOLER and PSSR during COVID-19 Outbreak

HSE Document on Air conditioning and ventilation during the coronavirus outbreak

Parliamentary Questions and mentions in debates on COVID & Theatre

Pirate Crew Virus Protection V2 updated 5th June 2020

ROH CV19 Briefing note general working

ROH CV19 Briefing note

ROH CV19 Risk assessment Artists

ROH CV19 Risk assessment General

Online COVID-19 Resources:

Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Pearle* Re-opening Live Performance

Roadmap for Recovery and Resilience for Theatre coming from Harvard

Performance Buildings in a Post-Pandemic World

A full assessment of the Covid risk of playing wind instruments

Article: How can we resume choir practice without spreading coronavirus?

TheatreMeansBusiness.info  is an online platform created by SOLT & UK Theatre which highlights a range of live and recorded webinars to equip the theatre industry with the tools to begin rebuilding after the COVID-19 lockdown ends.

Call for evidence on Life After Covid: The long-term implications of the pandemic for our economy and our society

Reopening roadmaps – across the UK

Pearle* Re-opening Live Performance

‘The following are indicative dates only – conditional on 10 September review: With effect from Monday 14 September: Other indoor entertainment venues (e.g. theatres, live music/concert venues) following guidance such as with physical distancing requirements.’

See page 6 for the flow chart. These indicative dates will be delayed if the status of the epidemic deteriorates in Scotland.

  • Northern Ireland – Northern Ireland’s recovery plan can be found here. Again the details of Phase Three, which includes theatres, can be seen here on page 5. In addition, yesterday Arts Council NI published their guidance manual, to support the safe reopening of arts performance venues, closed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. You can download the manual.
  • Wales – Guidance for a phased return can be seen here and reopening guidance for tourism and hospitality can be seen here.
  • England – On the 31st July the Prime Minister announced that some of the proposed changes to the rules in August will be postponed for at least a fortnight. As a reminder, you can see the stages plan at the bottom of this release from government on 11 July. They also updated their guide to working safely. Their Roadmap can be found here.

Relevant Media Coverage:

Arts industry welcomes support package
Sonia Friedman: Arts Theatre Government Rescue Package
How theatre can reopen

Scotland’s £97m fund
Northern Ireland support package
Money for Wales: Support Package
BBC: Government support
BBC: Support package vital

Oliver Dowden – Emergency money won’t save every job
Theatre boss response to support package
Outdoor theatre but no panto: Christmas Panto in doubt
NY Times: UK announces $2 billion bailout to help the Arts afloat:
Interview with Michael Harrison: Panto Boss gives Dowden a deadline to save crucial festive season.
C4 News – Oliver Dowden: 1.5 billion support package by UK Government
C4 News Kwame Kwei-Armah: The economics of social distancing still only allow a 30% capacity – Young Vic