Guidance on the latest Covid-19 protocols for the cultural sector

Businesses/services such as museums, cinemas, theatres and art galleries are deemed to be controlled environments, with appropriate protective measures in place such as physical distancing between people. These venues can continue to operate where appropriate physical distancing and all other protective measures can continue to be maintained. Individual groupings attending these venues must be limited to 6 people from no more than 3 households. Overall attendance must adhere to an overall limit of 50 people.

It is possible that musical performances can take place in a theatre subject to compliance with all broader public health guidance. A theatre for these purposes would be a seated auditorium with a stage used primarily or exclusively for the presentation of drama.

All other indoor cultural events are subject to the 6 person maximum rule.

All outdoor events are subject to the new limits of 15. These events are deemed as mass gatherings where there is a concentration of people at a specific location for a specific purpose over a set period of time. These types of events provide opportunities for the virus to spread.

The Department is in ongoing consultation with the sector on the challenges presented by Covid-19. For further assistance, event organisers in the cultural sector can email artsunit@chg.gov.ie with their query and contact number. The Department will respond to your query as promptly as possible.

Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin , D02 TD30. Tel: 01 631 3800 / LoCall: 1890 383 000

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