Arts House Limited (AHL) manage five venues (The Arts House, Victoria Theatre and Victoria Concert Hall, Drama Centre, Aliwal Arts Centre & Goodman Arts Centre). During the circuit breaker period, all venues were closed from 7 April to 18 June 2020; in line with MOH and MTI advisories issued on 3 April 2020. From 19 June 2020, NAC announced the latest guidelines for Phase Two of Re-Opening for Arts and Culture Stakeholders available here.   

We would like to share the most recent advisories in chronological order starting from the resumption of training classes and professional workshops in August 2020. 

  • From 3 August 2020: 
    • Training classes and professional workshops including singing, voice training, speech and drama, wind and brass instruments may resume under controlled conditions. All classes, courses and workshops must adhere to a list of requirements before they resume. Please click here to read the list of requirements. 
  • From 17 August 2020: 
    • Special provisions have been catered for digital productions programmed and / or commissioned by National Arts Council, Esplanade, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Chinese Orchestra and the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre. These digital productions can involve no more than 50 persons (cast and crew), with no more than 20 performers unmasked at any given time.  
    • Notwithstanding, productions with “live” singing must not have more than 30 persons (cast and crew) involved, with no more than 5 performers unmasked at any given time. 
  • From 1 November 2020: 
    • Following the live performance pilots which were conducted from 11 September, Ministry of Health announced that indoor live performances would be allowed to resume at all AHL venues with safe management measures in place, and up to two zones of 50 audience members with adherence to zoning requirements. However, it doesn’t by default cover all tenanted spaces within the venues as it depends on the tenant’s SSIC code. 
    • Audiences are to comprise no more than 5 persons per group and there will be no physical interaction or mixing between groups.  
    • Audiences should be masked at all times. Audiences groups are to be seated at least 1 metre apart and not to move around the venue during performances.  
    • A safe distance of 3 metres should also be observed between audiences and performers at all times.  
  • Food & Beverage Outlets at AHL Venues 
    • [Goodman Arts Centre] Café Melba has resumed operations on 19 June, with safe-distancing, contact tracing and precautionary measures in-place. 
    • [Victoria Concert Hall] Sinfonia Ristorante has resumed operations on 4 July, with safe-distancing, contact tracing and precautionary measures in-place. 
    • [Drama Centre] OTC Café has resumed operations on 2 July, with safe distancing, contact tracing and precautionary measures in-place. 
    • [Aliwal Arts Centre] The Fabulous Baker Boy will open for business in end January 2021, with safe distancing, contact tracing and precautionary measures in place. 

Audiences can look forward to traditional, classical and contemporary music, dance and theatre beginning from 1 November 2020 and involving well-loved artists and arts groups from our arts and culture community. Further details will be made available on our websites once ready. We seek the public’s understanding that the audience experience for these indoor live performances will differ from previous performances, as a result of the SMMs to ensure the safety of all involved.  

The safety and well-being of our artists and audiences continue to be of highest priority to AHL. We will continue to provide a safe and secure environment that our artists and audiences can enjoy.  

These requirements are subject to further review based on the global situation and developments in Singapore, including changes to MOH’s advisories. Please stay tuned to our websites and social media for more updates.  For general enquiries, please contact us at sifa@artshouse.sg