**Update (25 March 2020): As of 24 March 2020, the multi-ministry COVID-19 task force has released new regulations stipulating that gatherings outside of work and school are limited to a maximum of 10 people. These measures will kick in from 26 March 2020 and last till 30 April 2020, about a month before the start of the Festival on 6 June 2020. We are aware that the duration of these measures might be extended if the situation does not improve and would like to assure you that the Festival is in the midst of serious discussion about our next steps to take. Your health, safety and well-being are important to us. Thank you for your patience and support.

Advisory on measures taken in response to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic

 

At M1 CONTACT Contemporary Dance Festival, the health and safety of our audience, participants, artists, production team, volunteers and staff are of utmost importance to us. We will continue to monitor the development of COVID-19 very closely, and update you in the event that we decide to make changes to any of our plans.

Currently, the maximum capacity of all our ticketed programmes fall below 200. If the current advisories issued by Singapore’s Ministry of Health remain in June, please be assured that appropriate precautionary measures will be enforced to create a safe and enjoyable environment for you.

This includes increased frequency of cleaning and sanitisation at venues that our programmes will be held at. All audience members and participants of our classes, workshops and five-day summer intensive will be subjected to temperature checks. Health declaration forms have to be filled in and hands have to be sanitised before entry into our programme venues.

Individuals who have a fever, display respiratory symptoms such as a persistent cough, or have any reason to think that they have been exposed to a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 case, will be advised to seek immediate medical attention and will not be permitted entry into event premises.

We are also prepared to reduce the number of tickets available for sale across all our ticketed shows so that the distance between audience members can be increased.

For more details on measures put up by our collaborator, Esplanade — Theatres on the Bay, please refer to https://www.esplanade.com/visitor-guide/general-advisory.

We believe in the power of the arts in connecting us as a community and in this difficult time of uncertainty, we hope to continue sharing these precious experiences while exercising social responsibility to the best of our abilities.

Image of Over-master by Alice Ma taken by Cheung Chi Wai.