Greater capacity at theatres

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Entertainment facilities  across NSW will be able to increase their capacity to 50 per cent from October.

From Create NSW, 25.9.20

Entertainment facilities include theatres, cinemas, and concert halls. Corporate events at function centres will be able to welcome up to 300 attendees.

Theatre, cinema, and concert goers can return to entertainment venues in greater numbers provided venues have COVID-Safe plans and adhere to public health requirements.

This is a major step forward to recovery for the performing arts sector, with entertainment facilities now able to sell tickets for seated events at 50 per cent of capacity, to a maximum of 1,000 tickets.

The changes mean a boost to box office revenues for the hundreds of theatres, cinemas, and concert halls across the state. For some it means reopening their doors.

There will be new industry guidelines for theatres developed in due course, and Create NSW will hold a webinar for the performing arts sector on Monday 28 September at 10am, to discuss key changes that will need to be implemented in order to achieve 50% seated capacity in live performance spaces.

Learn more about this announcement here.

 New COVID-Safe check-in tool

The NSW Government has also launched a safe and easy digital check-in tool for businesses and customers. The Service NSW app now features a COVID Safe Check-in tool to allow customers to check in at venues across NSW.

To discuss this app and its potential application across arts and cultural organisations and venues, Create NSW will be talking with our colleagues at Service NSW in a webinar next Monday 28 September, 10am.

We encourage all NSW operators of theatres, galleries, museums and art and culture spaces of all kinds to join us to learn about this important resource.

Register here for Create Connects Webinar: New advice for Theatres & COVID-Safe check-in tool.

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