Ministry of Culture issues SOPs for cultural functions and programs


16 October 2020: COVID -19 pandemic has hit the cultural and creative economy all ever the world. However, cultural activities are slowly being resumed. In order to encourage those persons and agencies providing cultural services, as well as consumers of such services, it is important to lay down comprehensive guidelines for resumption of these cultural activities in India.

So, the Ministry of Culture issued detailed SOPs for “Cultural Functions & Programs” on preventive measures to contain spread of COVID-19. The SOP has been issued after taking into consideration various suggestions received from stakeholders in the creative industry including feedback from Ministry of Home Affairs,

The SOPs are to be followed by the management of theatres and performance spaces, as well as the entertainment/creative agencies, artists and crew or any other persons who hire the auditoria or any other open/closed performance spaces, whether on payment or gratis. Comprehensive guidelines have been issued for Artists & Crew, management of Green Rooms, Stage management, Costume and make up trials, Sanitization of venue including stage, Open area seating etc. However, Cultural activities shall continue to be prohibited inside containment zones. Further, State/UT Govts may consider proposing additional measures as per their field assessment.