As part of Singapore’s easing coronavirus restrictions, the country will permit live indoor performances with a maximum of 250 attendees from late December.
The news was first shared during the Prime Minister’s Phase 3 address on Monday, December 14. Both the National Arts Council (NAC) and Singapore Tourism Board (STB) are entertaining applications for large-scale performances with immediate effect, according to the official NAC website.
Per the NAC website, indoor performances can hold up to 250 audience members split into five zones of 50 people each. Outdoor performances can host 100 audience members, split into two zones of 50 people each.
Applicants will only be able to increase audience capacity if they meet all of NAC’s and STB’s criteria. These include an event proposal submission at least one month prior to the performance, as well as the ability to enforce safe management measures laid out by the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI). Additional requirements, including pre-event COVID-19 testing, may be introduced as the country continues to monitor the ongoing pandemic.
There are two concerts with audience capacities of 400 to 500 attendees – exceeding the maximum Phase 3 figure of 250 attendees – that will take place before December 28. Both are part of a pilot program that will require mandatory negative COVID-19 testing prior to entry, as well as digital contact tracing through the TraceTogether token.
They are Marina Bay Sands Theatre’s Back To Live concerts from December 18 to 19, headlined by Benjamin Kheng, Sezairi and Charlie Lim, as well as Nathan Hartono’s, Aisyah Aziz’s and the Lorong Boys’ upcoming Flock: The Xmas Edition performances on December 20.