National performance spaces remain open

National performance spaces remain open

The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Arts wishes to advise that the national performance spaces under its remit remain open with very strict adherence to the Public Health Regulations.

The Ministry said management of the spaces will continue to ensure that the Public Health Regulations and the additional measures instituted earlier this year at the spaces are enforced.

There will be increased vigilance in keeping with the letter, spirit and intent of the Public Health Regulations.


The national performance spaces under the MTCA are Queen’s Hall, Naparima Bowl, the National Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA) and the Southern Academy for the Performing Arts (SAPA).


Public Health [2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)] (No. 8) Regulations, 2021 permit a maximum of 50% of the allowed capacity of a building in the following places:

Chap. 21:01 (a) a club, as defined in section 2 of the Registration of Clubs Act;

Chap.21:03 (b) a theatre licensed under the Theatres and Dancehalls Act;

Chap. 20:10 (c) a theatre licensed under the Cinematograph Act;


Additional health and safety measures in effect at the national performance spaces include modified seating arrangements to allow for physical distance, no congregation in front of the stage or aisles and no unnecessary moving during performances. 

Minister of Tourism, Culture and the Arts, Randall Mitchell his Ministry is committed to mitigating the spread of the virus and will do its part to ensure compliance.

“The spaces under the remit of the Ministry will ensure the well-being, safety, and health of all its users but will also ensure there is strict adherence to the Public Health Regulations,” said Minister Mitchell. 

They utilise the Ministry of Health (MOH) issued guidelines for cinemas and theatres, in addition to guidelines created specifically for their spaces but developed in collaboration with the MOH.


The Regulations are effective from 15 April 2021 to 9 May 2021. The full guidelines for the national performance spaces are available on the Ministry’s website: