LPA COVID rules to help industry spring back


Australia Performing Art Center opening guidlines Image: visitvictoria.com

To help the live performance industry come back on its feet – prepare in reopening venues and resuming productions – Live Performance Australia (LPA) has released a comprehensive set of COVID Safe guidelines that cover auditions, rehearsals and performances, as well as touring of live performances.

The Performing Arts Connections (PAC) Australia guidelines for COVID-Safe Theatres, originally issued in June, have also been revised and updated.

Live Performance Australia is the peak body for Australia’s live performance industry. Their role is to protect and promote the interests of their Members.

Performing Arts Connections (PAC) Australia is the national peak body representing and supporting performing arts presenters and creators in Australia by providing leadership, building capacity and facilitating relationships that strengthen the connection between the art and the audience.

LPA boss Evelyn Richardson said the live performance industry was committed to reducing the risk of community transmission in the general public and protecting and promoting the health and safety of its workers and audiences.

Richardson noted, “These guidelines have been reviewed by medical experts and will help our industry understand what they need to do to keep our performing arts venues and workplaces safe. People in our industry are passionate about getting back to work and engaging and entertaining live audiences, but safety must be our top priority to ensure the well-being of our workers and audiences.”

“As public health restrictions are eased in different States and territories, these guidelines will help the industry reopen, restart and rebuild following the devastating impact of COVID-19,” she noted.

She further informed that the guidelines have been developed with industry input, reviewed by medical experts, revised based on that advice and endorsed by an epidemiologist. LPA also consulted with the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA) on the three guideline documents.

Tailored guidelines for events of scale, such as large concerts and music festivals, are being developed through the Live Entertainment Industry Forum (LEIF).

Richardson said the live performance industry was committed to working in tune with the State and territory Governments on implementing the guidelines and restarting the live performance industry and explained, “In addition to the emergency funding assistance that Governments have provided to help our industry through this crisis, enabling our companies to reactivate and our performers to get back on stage in front of audiences is the best form of support they need.”

“These guidelines provide the pathway for reopening venues and bringing our live performance industry back to life in the months ahead,” she affirmed.

To know in details about the guidelines, click here.

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