The government today raised Dublin City and Dublin County to LEVEL 3 of the Plan for Living with COVID-19 effective midnight for three weeks.
According to the latest guidelines from the Roadmap, organised indoor gatherings in theatres and cinemas, as well as events in other cultural facilities will be prohibited. Indoor museums, galleries, and cultural attractions will be closed. Entertainment in hotels and other entertainment venues will also be prohibited.
Organised outdoor gatherings that involve controlled environments professionally operated by identified event organisers, owners or managers will be limited to 15 people.
A Dublin Theatre Festival spokesperson said they ‘will preserve some elements of the festival’. They’ll establish which productions can be adapted as online events and which can’t in the following days.
In an announcement following the interview, they announced that patrons that are affected will be contacted about a refund or crediting their customer account in the coming days.
“We are terribly disappointed to have been just within reach of welcoming audiences to this year’s festival and appreciate the efforts of all our staff who have worked steadfastly to adapt over the last few months.”Dublin Theatre Festival on Twitter
A Culture Night spokesperson confirmed that Culture Night live events in Dublin will likely still be happening tonight because if we move to level 3, it will come into effect starting midnight and not before that. If there are any changes they’ll contact the performers and the people who have booked tickets.
Here are some of the reactions about the way Level 3 would affect the theatre industry: