Lockdown2: New National Restrictions back to listing

As you will know, the government has set out new national restrictions to come into effect on Thu 5 Nov. The lockdown period is set for at least a month and we are working through the implications for the Outdoor Arts sector. The following excerpts from the official advice on gov.com offer guidance and some selections are highlighted which have implications for our work.

However unwelcome this news is, we all understand why it is happening. While looking at the reality of the restrictions, we must also bear in mind that this is a crucial time in the current situation and we urge everyone to act responsibly.

As and when we know more, we will update our news feed. Our current event listings and social media output have been prepared before the latest restrictions and we will update them when we have more information.

New National Restrictions from 5 November

Information on the new national restrictions, including what they mean for working from home and business closures, why they are being introduced and the financial support available.

Stay at home

This means you must not leave or be outside of your home except for specific purposes. These include:

  • for work purposes, where your place of work remains open and where you cannot work from home (including if your job involves working in other people’s homes)

THERE ARE QUESTIONS HERE ABOUT BOTH PERFORMANCES AND REHEARSALS, WHICH CANNOT TAKE PLACE AT HOME

  • to exercise outdoors or visit an outdoor public place – with the people you live with, with your support bubble or, when on your own, with 1 person from another household

MUCH OF WORK TAKES PLACE IN OUTDOOR PUBLIC PLACES, SO IT MAY BE THAT SOME WORK CAN CONTINUE

Meeting with family and friends

You can exercise or visit outdoor public places with the people you live with, your support bubble, or 1 person from another household (children under school age, as well as those dependent on round-the-clock care, such as those with severe disabilities, who are with their parents will not count towards the limit on two people meeting outside).

Outdoor public places include:

  • parks, beaches, countryside,
  • public gardens (whether or not you pay to enter them), allotments
  • playgrounds

PUBLIC GARDENS MAY INCLUDE MANY VENUES USED BY OUTDOOR ARTS – PARTICULARLY LIGHT AND LANTERN FESTIVAL

Businesses and venues

To reduce social contact, the Government has ordered certain businesses and venues to close. These include:

  • entertainment venues such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, casinos, adult gaming centres and arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, concert halls, zoos and other animal attractions, botanical gardens;

BOTANICAL GARDENS AND ZOOS MAY BE OUTDOOR ARTS VENUES

  • A full list of the business closures will be published and set out in law.

Travel

You should avoid travelling in or out of your local area, and you should look to reduce the number of journeys you make. However, you can and should still travel for a number of reasons, including:

  • travelling to work where this cannot be done from home

THERE MAY BE A CASE FOR TRAVELLING TO A PERFORMANCE (AS IT IS WORK THAT CANNOT BE DONE FROM HOME), BUT THAT MAY NOT BE IN THE SPIRIT OF THE CURRENT SITUATION.


UPDATE 2 Nov:

The Culture Secretary has confirmed that rehearsals can still take place. This will be important to companies preparing work for later in the season.