THE SHOVEL | Update: Live streaming from concert halls is prohibited during current lockdown
On January 12, the Ontario government issued a updated set of guidelines for the response to the current pandemic. The new guidelines have tightened restrictions and shut down the majority of businesses deemed non-essential in the province.
What was not entirely clear to many people, however, was whether live broadcast from a concert hall or theater – authorized under the rules imposed on December 21 – were now prohibited.
The answer is yes.
A representative of the Ministry of Heritage Industries, Sports, Tourism and Culture clarified the situation in an email. Live streaming per se is not prohibited, but this is where it can take place.
“During the current lockdown, concert halls, theaters and cinemas used for the purpose of rehearsing or presenting a recorded or broadcast concert, artistic event, theatrical performance or other performance must close.”
According to yesterday’s announcement, the new guidelines are in place until at least February 11, 2021, pending review of current COVID-19 statistics.
This will affect the Royal Conservatory’s 21C Festival and any other event involving a live broadcast in the immediate future.
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