How we are working in a Covid landscape

Because we are a youth dedicated arts programme with no walls – this means we are flexible and super adaptable. All areas of our programme are accessible and are designed and delivered in a Covid safe environment. One which is fun, but protected.

Here are some of the COVID-19 prevention measures we will have in place across all our activity, when operating outside of lockdown situation:

  • Face coverings required
  • Hand sanitising stations
  • Social distancing in operation
  • Additional and regular cleaning of our equipment
  • Ventilated air
  • Timed entry for workshops and sessions
  • Places on activity pre-booked
  • Our staff undertake regular lateral flow COVID-19 antigen testing. 
 

Attending one of our Youth Theatre or Young Artist Collective sessions 

At Theatre31, the safety of your young person and our team remain paramount. Until further notice, we will continue to operate with certain COVID-safety procedures in place: 

  1. All our staff will have to present a negative lateral flow test before coming to work.
  2. We will, where possible, keep doors and windows open to encourage ventilation.
  3. Masks will no longer be mandatory but we welcome those who wish to wear them – free face coverings will be provided.
  4. Hand sanitiser will be provided and we encourage all participants to use it regularly.
  5. We will continue to adapt our practices to minimise contact and touch-points and encourage social distancing where
    possible.
  6. Guidelines remain under review and may be updated to reflect the changing COVID-19 situation. 

We encourage all participants to take a lateral flow test before coming to sessions, this is in addition to secondary school-based testing.

Tests can be ordered for free from here

We ask that your young person does not attend sessions if:

  • They have, and or, test positive for COVID-19.
  • They have symptoms of COVID-19
    including
    a high temperature, a new continuous cough, and a loss or change to their sense of smell or taste.
  • Your young person has been in contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Your young person is feeling unwell. 

If your young person tests positive, following a PCR test, after attending a session, it is important that you let us know immediately.

Further information on the symptoms of Covid-19 can be found here. 

Further information on what to do if you or young person test positive can be found here.  

When arriving at your session

 When your young person arrives, please form a queue outside the venue, where our friendly team will meet and greet you for registration. This is to mitigate the number of people

inside the building. (Should there be wet weather we will move the drop off and collection to inside the building).

Parents/carers/guardians are encouraged to talk with the youth theatre leader should young person is anxious about the changes to government guidelines and the protocol we have in place.

Should you have any further questions, or need to get hold of a member of the team on the day of the session:

What we need from our participants and audiences when we are working in ‘real person’ settings

Our activities and performances will be presented in exactly the same way as normal – but with social distancing. All our games and activities have been re-created with this in mind. The quality of our projects, workshops and shows will not be compromised in any way.

What do we need from our participants and audiences

Do not attend our venues and contact us immediately if you:

• believe you may be infected with COVID-19;
• have experienced symptoms in the last 14 days;
• have been in close proximity to anyone who has experienced symptoms in the last 14 days;
• have arrived in England in the last 14 days and are not covered by the exemption rules relating to self-isolation; or
• have been instructed to self-isolate.

All these regulations are designed to keep everyone safe and ensure that everyone has a great time. Please respect our staff at all times as they implement these measures for everyone’s wellbeing – and most importantly we hope you enjoy your experience with Theatre31.

FAQs

Is there a reduced capacity for workshops?

Yes – we are working to current UK Government Guidelines for Out of Schools Settings.

Will you keep my details for Track and Trace?

All places booked on a workshop of tickets booked for a show within a particular group must be purchased by one booker and each group must consist of one household or support bubble. We will collect the lead bookers contact information in line with our Privacy Policy and if required may share your contact details with NHS Test and Trace.

Will I have to queue when arriving for my activity?

We are operating a timed entry system for all the spaces we are working in. When you book a place or ticket, you will be given a time when you should arrive at the venue. We would ask that you adhere to these staggered arrival times so we can keep maximum distance participants as they arrive.

Will I need to wear a face covering?

No – it will be personal choice, down to the participant and staff member. Although no longer mandatary, we welcome the use of the of face coverings and free PPE will be available at all our events. 

What if I have specific access needs?

Just to confirm that you will not be required to wear a face covering if you have a physical or mental illness or impairment, or a disability that means you cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering; or putting on, wearing or removing a face covering would cause you severe distress.

Please let us know at the time of booking if you are exempt.

What if I develop any COVID-19 symptoms or have been in contact with someone with symptoms? When should I not attend the workshop or show?

You should not attend the venue and contact us immediately if you:

• believe you may be infected with COVID-19;
• have experienced symptoms in the last 14 days;
• have been in close proximity to anyone who has experienced symptoms in the last 14 days;
• have arrived in England in the last 14 days and are not covered by the exemption rules relating to self-isolation; or
• have been instructed to self-isolate.

Any individual who considers themselves to be clinically extremely vulnerable or who is in the same household or support bubble as someone who considers themselves to be clinically extremely vulnerable is advised not to attend.

If you have any further queries, please contact us at hello@icontheatre.org.uk and a member of our team will be able to assist you.