Pre-event testing to be subsidised for live performances amid tightened COVID-19 measures

SINGAPORE: The Authorities will subsidise COVID-19 pre-event testing for arts and tradition corporations that placed on permitted reside performances in the course of the interval of tightened measures from Might 16 to Jun 13.

It will allow bigger audiences to attend reside performances safely, cushioning the monetary influence to arts corporations, stated the Ministry of Tradition, Neighborhood and Youth (MCCY) on Saturday (Might 15).

All indoor and outside reside performances needs to be deferred in the course of the interval of tightened measures, stated MCCY.

Nonetheless, reside performances that had been publicised earlier than Might 5 and are scheduled to happen from Might 8 to Jun 13 could proceed with approval from the Ministry of Commerce and Trade.

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From Might 16, audiences are capped at 100 folks with pre-event testing, and 50 folks with out pre-event testing.

All performers should be correctly masked on stage. Singing or taking part in of devices that “require intentional expulsion of air”, akin to wind and brass devices, are usually not allowed.

MCCY stated it should additionally present additional help for self-employed folks within the arts and tradition sector affected by the newest measures.

The Arts and Resilience Package deal has been topped up over the previous 12 months to achieve the present S$75 million, the ministry famous.

This quantity funds working grants, venue rent subsidies, help to self-employed folks and help to help enterprise transformation, it stated.

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MCCY additionally clarified what the tightened measures imply for different kinds of actions underneath its sectors.

For indoor and outside sports activities amenities, the capability restrict has been amended to at least one individual per 16 sq m, or 50 folks, whichever is decrease.

In indoor amenities, solely non-strenuous actions can proceed and contributors should be masked always.

“Activities which will result in participants lowering their masks to catch a breath will not be permitted,” stated MCCY.

Sharing of frequent gear just isn’t allowed indoors to scale back fomite transmission.

For outside amenities, folks partaking in strenuous train can accomplish that in teams of as much as two folks, together with any teacher.

They have to preserve 2m aside. They are often unmasked when exerting themselves, however ought to placed on their masks thereafter.

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Individuals carrying face masks at East Coast Park on Jul 19, 2020. (Picture: Attempt Sutrisno Foo)

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Group courses held indoors and open air are capped at 30 folks together with the trainer, or the venue capability restrict, whichever is decrease.

All instructors and contributors should stay masked always. Contributors should be in teams of not more than two, with 2m between people, and 3m between teams.

Out of doors courses for strenuous actions that require contributors to be unmasked might be capped at two folks together with the trainer.

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SportSG’s reduction measures for companies and self-employed folks might be prolonged from Might 30 to cowl the heightened alert interval as much as Jun 13.

SportSG can also be taking a look at offering extra outside areas in its ActiveSG amenities for courses, stated MCCY.


Congregational and different worship companies might be restricted to 100 folks with pre-event testing or as much as 50 folks at a time with out pre-event testing, topic to protected administration measures and venue capability limits.

Spiritual employees supporting these companies needs to be saved to a minimal, added MCCY.

Worshippers can take part in worship companies in teams of not more than two folks.

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Masks should be worn always by everybody, together with when talking throughout congregational and different worship companies. Face shields are usually not permitted substitutes for correct face masks.

Singing and taking part in of wind or brass devices won’t be allowed, and there also needs to be no sharing of prayer or frequent gadgets.

Spiritual organisations can proceed to make use of locations of worship to conduct non secular rites in teams of not more than two folks.

All different non secular actions, akin to non secular courses for adults and youngsters, might be suspended, stated MCCY.

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Marriage ceremony solemnisations can proceed with as much as 100 folks with out pre-event testing or as much as 50 folks with out pre-event testing, topic to venue capability limits.

These limits exclude the solemniser and non secular and supporting employees, whose numbers needs to be saved to a minimal, stated MCCY.

Marriage ceremony receptions won’t be allowed, according to curbs on dining-in.

Funerals, wakes, burials, cremations, installations of niches and post-funeral rites at locations of worship can contain no more than 20 attendees at any time, topic to venue capability limits.

This restrict excludes non secular and supporting employees, whose numbers needs to be saved to a minimal, stated MCCY.

Attendees needs to be organised in teams of not more than two folks and should preserve protected distancing and be masked always.


For each arts corporations and non secular organisations, recording of digital productions and their rehearsals are restricted to 15 performers and crew members on stage and backstage at any given time.

This features a most of 10 unmasked performers, of whom not more than two folks can sing or play wind or brass devices.

Arts and cultural organisations should notify the Nationwide Arts Council whereas non secular organisations should notify MCCY earlier than continuing with their digital productions.

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File photograph of a socially distanced reside music efficiency. (Picture: IMC Reside International)


All audio system, contributors and instructors in arts and tradition courses, lectures, talks and workshops should be correctly masked always.

Actions that can not be carried out with masks on should be suspended.

There are to be no courses in singing and wind or brass devices even when masked, stated MCCY, including that face shields are usually not permitted substitutes for masks.


Arts and heritage venues akin to museums can proceed operations, however at a decreased capability of 25 per cent.

Excursions in museum premises might be carried out for a most group measurement of 20 folks excluding the information.

A most of two folks is allowed in anybody sub-group, with all different prevailing protected administration measures in place, akin to social distancing.

“It is critical that our people, businesses and Government work together to bring down the number of COVID-19 cases, to keep our community safe,” stated MCCY.

“MCCY understands that the tightened measures are disruptive to our sectors and have developed support packages to help our stakeholders make the necessary adjustments.

“MCCY very a lot appreciates our non secular organisations, in addition to our arts, tradition, and sports activities companies and communities for rallying collectively to implement the protected administration measures. Collectively, we are going to emerge protected, and stronger.”

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