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There was some confusion last night following the Taoiseach’s address detailing introduction of new measures to limit the spread of Covid19. Understandably, there were many questions on the impact of these new measures on the arts.

The Department has now released the following statement on Twitter meaning that existing limits under guidelines (50 indoors and 200 outdoors) can continue.Text below:

“Statement from the Department:
Businesses/services such as cinemas, galleries, theatres etc are deemed to be controlled environments, with appropriate protective measures in place such as physical distancing between people. #Covid19

These venues can continue to operate under existing limits where appropriate physical distancing can continue to be maintained. Individual groupings attending these venues must be limited to six people from no more than 3 households.

Similarly outdoor arts events which take place in venues which allow for a controlled environment where social distancing can be ensured can also proceed on the basis of existing limits.

For further assistance, event organisers in the cultural sector can email with their query and contact number. The Department will respond to your query as promptly as possible.”

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