The much-anticipated Government announcement to approve the proposal to move Dublin to Level 3 of its five-level Living with Covid plan has happened. Despite the necessity of such strong public health measures, the cancellation of arts events and live performances is very distressing for arts centres, production companies, and artists who have worked so hard to make work and adapt programmes in such difficult circumstances and we are sending solidarity to our friends and colleagues tonight.

Many members have raised questions about interpreting the restrictions. Below is our understanding of the current Level 2 and 3 restrictions, based on the information currently available.

The most urgent are around whether Level 3 gathering restrictions apply to arts workers as well as audiences.

We have had confirmation from the Arts Council that their understanding of Level 3 restrictions means that theatres, arts centres and venues may continue to operate as places of work for artists and arts workers, operating within all relevant occupational safety, health and welfare guidelines. This means that artists and arts workers in residence, developing, making, recording or rehearsing work in arts centres and theatres may continue to do so. Artists and arts workers are also able to travel for work purposes too.

Here’s more detail about these restrictions that apply to audiences and patrons attending indoor and outdoor events.

Indoor Organised Gatherings
This Arts Council’s summary of the 15 September Roadmap confirms that when Level 3 restrictions are in place, indoor museums, galleries and cultural attractions are closed, indoor gatherings in theatres and cinema as well as entertainment in hotels and other venues are prohibited.

Outdoor Organised Gatherings
Organised outdoor gatherings are still possible with up to 200 patrons or audience members at Level 1, up to 100 at Level 2. At Level 3, which will be in place in Dublin for the next three weeks, and at Level 4, a limit of 15 people is allowed.

Additional supports
Taoiseach Michéal Martin said speaking tonight that there will be additional supports available to the arts & culture sector in Dublin. As soon as we have more details on this we will update.