The below correspondence is posted here by kind permission from the Society of London Theatre
The Society of London Theatre (SOLT) is an organisation that works with and on behalf of their Members to champion theatre and the performing arts.
Update to Performing Arts quarantine exemption
The Government announced on Friday the suspension of Travel Corridors and tightened the list of quarantine exemptions for at least one month from 4am this morning (Monday 18 January) to prevent and suppress the spread of concerning new variants of coronavirus into the UK. The list of the suspended exemptions is available here and includes performing arts professionals.
All international arrivals who departed from or transited through any country outside the Common Travel Area in the previous 10 days will be required to both take a pre-departure test, and self-isolate immediately for 10 days on arrival.
The new measures will be reviewed on Monday 15 February – while further work takes place to manage the threat posed by coronavirus variants. For further information, please see the official GOV.UK page here.
Emergency COVID funding for the Performing Arts – Scotland
Three organisations will receive a share of £3 million of additional funding as part of the ongoing emergency Coronavirus (COVID-19) support for culture. These are:
- Aberdeen Performing Arts – which runs His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen Music Hall and The Lemon Tree – will receive £1.4 million;
- Eden Court Highlands – Scotland’s largest single-site arts venue – will receive £800,000;
- Capital Theatres – which operates the Festival Theatre, the King’s Theatre and The Studio in Edinburgh – will receive £800,000.
Performing Arts In Politics – A Look Ahead
This is the first week of our ‘Performing Arts In Politics’ update.
To view it members just need to log on to the Advocacy Page on the relevant website (SOLT & UK Theatre) where you’ll find the paper. It includes a selection of upcoming parliamentary / assembly business from across the UK, focussing on items relevant to the theatre and performing arts sector.
The purpose of these weekly updates is so that members have a better overview of the parliamentary schedules, so that you have as much time as possible to contact your politicians and provide them with any information you think they might find useful on the subject on which they are planned to speak / debate.
Please do let us know if you have any questions or any suggestions on what might be useful to include in this weekly paper. Please also email us if you need any help on contacting your politicians.
Managing Covid-19 Safely training – new dates added
The Managing Covid-19 Safely training course, delivered by Phillip Brown, will help you control and monitor risk to improve Health & Safety at work, helping to manage this new workplace hazard.
“[The course] helped put my mind at ease about bringing my team back from furlough and welcoming the public back.”
Chelsea & Westminster and West Middlesex Hospitals
Chelsea & Westminster and West Middlesex Hospitals are asking local celebrities and friends of the hospital if they would consider sending a video message of support that they can share with their NHS staff and on their social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook and Instagram), thanking the staff for all they’re doing at this trying time. If possible, the videos should be under 1 minute, landscape, and acknowledge Chelsea & Westminster and West Middlesex Hospitals. Please send your videos to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Theatre Chat Live
Make sure to join us live on Instagram tomorrow at 6pm for the second week of our new series, Theatre Chat Live. Every week performers and fans will be able to request to join our Instagram Live with Jess from OLT to talk all things theatre. We want to create a space to bring theatre lovers together to talk about their favourite theatre memories, shows, and anything they’ve been working on.
Coronavirus Recovery Guidance
- Coronavirus Recovery Updates and Guidance – for SOLT Members
- Coronavirus Recovery Updates and Guidance – for UK Theatre Members
- See It Safely Toolkit
- Working Safely During Coronavirus – Guidance
- Coronavirus Government Guidance Library
Wellbeing and mental health support for you and your staff