Precautions to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus at our concerts
We understand some audience members might be nervous about attending the concerts after such a lengthy period of lockdowns and restrictions … and with the current increase in infections. The health and wellbeing of all our audience and artists continues to be our absolute priority, so we would like to share with you:
The arrangements we are putting in place to help to protect you:
- A one-way system will be in place for moving round the building.
- A ventilation system will be switched on allowing clean air to flow through the auditorium.
- Only every other row of the staged seating will be in use and we will have additional chairs at the front on the floor.
- Ticket sales will be limited to 100 people as we feel this is the number we can safely accommodate in the hall.
- Surfaces and door handles will be wiped before the concert.
- No money will be taken on the night. All tickets will need to be purchased in advance. Unfortunately, to reduce the possibility of transmission, we will not be having a raffle, selling artists’ CDs or serving refreshments. Programmes will be sent electronically.
- A record of those attending will be kept and shared with Test and Trace, if appropriate.
- Additional cleaning and protective equipment has been purchased.
- We encourage everyone attending to take up the offer of vaccination.
We expect our audience members to help keep everyone safe by:
- Staying at home if you feel unwell or have any symptoms of Covid, if you have been in close contact within the last 14 days with anyone who has Covid or if you have been asked to self-isolate or quarantine.
- Taking a lateral flow test on the day of the concert and only attend if the test is negative. (It is still possible to catch Covid and transmit it even if you’ve been double or triple vaccinated. Tests can be obtained free of charge from pharmacies and online at http://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests). PLEASE do help everyone to keep safe by doing the test during the day before you attend a concert.
- Bringing a bottle of water with you if you want a drink.
- Printing your own programmes. (A few copies will be available for those who don’t have a printer.)
- Sanitising your hands on arrival. Sanitisers are available at the venue but you may prefer to bring your own.
- Wearing a mask throughout your visit, unless exempt. (Please being evidence of your exemption with you as we are required under Government requirements to check all attendees are wearing a mask)
- Moving along the rows to fill-up the furthest points; sitting in your own social group, leaving two seats between each group.
- Remaining seated until those on the row in front of you have exited the seating, so there is no crowding on the stairway.
- Keeping a safe distance (1.5 – 2m) from others.
- Cleaning surfaces when you have used the toilet facilities.
(Please be aware, wipes will need to be disposed of in a bin, not flushed away.)
- Informing Test and Trace you have attended the concert if you subsequently become unwell and test positive for Coronavirus. Please ask them to contact the Treasurer.
After our first concert audience members said:
‘I felt that arrangements related to Covid risks went very smoothly and thanks to all Organisers.’
‘I didn’t find the new system difficult to cope with. See you on December 3rd’
‘We both felt comfortable that all the precautions taken to achieve maximum safety against Covid 19, were deployed, especially the abilty to separate the rows so easily. Other areas we felt were safe- the toilets and washing facilities and that the people attending were also vigilant in their behaviour. Well done. We look forward to the next concert very much.’