The following principles underpin the framework:
- The Arts and culture are fundamental to the social, cultural and economic well-being of Australia – they are public goods worth nurturing.
- Self-determination is a fundamental right for First Nations people and the starting point in any serious effort to recover from COVID-19.
- Getting the creative workforce activated again is critical to the success of the industry.
- Industries such as tourism and hospitality are stimulated by a strong cultural industry.
- Artists can continue to make an impact on the behaviour changes needed to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and can increase community confidence as restrictions are eased.
- Creativity, expression and participation in arts and culture are important to mental health and wellbeing.
- Recommencement of arts and cultural activity should be staged in alignment with government guidelines.
- Returning to arts and cultural activity represents an indicator of recovery within communities and will affirm trust in health and safety measures.
- Consideration of a future beyond the national 3-Step Framework for a COVIDSafe Australia is essential to performance based art forms, exhibitions and touring, which require significant planning and preparation.
Individuals, groups and organisations recommencing arts and cultural activities will:
- Prioritise the health of participants, professionals, volunteers, audiences, customers and the broader community.
- Follow the advice of Australian and relevant state/territory and local governments, and public health authorities.
- Apply physical distancing and other risk mitigation measures to all outdoor and indoor spaces including rehearsal rooms, theatres, galleries, green rooms, box office, amenities, recording studios, community arts spaces, etc.
- Assess the physical environment to ensure precautions are taken to minimise risk to arts and cultural practitioners, employees, contractors, audiences and visitors.
- Comply with the defined public health responses, which may include contact tracing measures and the isolation of an individual or group, and close contacts.
- Communicate to practitioners, employees, contractors, audiences and visitors about safety strategies in place to build awareness and trust and encourage compliance.
- Comply with directives of public health authorities responding to localised outbreaks where a return to restricted activity is required.
- Engage with, and obtain approval from, respective jurisdictions if seeking exemption from restrictions or approval for recommencement of activities.
- Decide when to resume operation or practice based on practitioner/organisational priorities and in line with jurisdictional guidelines.
- Implement and monitor the standards outlined in the Re-activate framework before resuming practice, rehearsal, performances and/or exhibitions.