North West Theatre Arts Company C.I.C.

Covid-19 Precautions Policy

 

Introduction

 

The Covid-19 pandemic has created unique and strange circumstances for all of us.  Hopefully, we are now past the worst and the world is attaining a ‘new normal’.  The government now allows theatrical performances, providing the existing precautions are observed.  It is unfortunate that the advice, guidance and regulation, throughout this period has, at best, been ambiguous and open to interpretation.  The NWTAC Management Team have taken all published material, applied a level of common sense and have agreed this policy.

 

The contents and requirements contained within this policy document are correct as at the date at the top of the page and will be progressively amended to reflect changes imposed by the government.

 

All persons using the NWTAC Theatre MUST observe and adhere to this policy, as a minimum requirement of their admission to the building.

 

This policy has been updated to take into account the measures introduced by the government to come into effect from 14 September 2020.

General

 

  • The NWTAC Theatre has been deep cleaned and professionally sanitised.

  • The building will be cleaned following each session.

  • Any person who resides in an area, location or township which is ‘locked-down’ shall NOT enter the NWTAC Theatre.

  • Any person shielding, quarantined or self-isolating shall NOT enter the building.

  • Any person, or a person in a family or ‘bubble, who has tested positive for Covid-19 and has not been given a clean bill of health shall NOT enter the building

  • All persons shall adhere to the current minimum social distancing in place at any given time.  

  • There shall be NO physical contact between persons from different households, or ‘bubbles’.

  • Hand washing must be thorough and often.

  • Contact with surfaces shall be kept to a minimum.

  • Indicated walking routes, direction indicators and spacing control shall be adhered to.

  • No personal property shall be shared outside a family group or other ‘bubble’.

 

Classes and Rehearsals

 

  • All persons, other than those with a valid exemption, shall wear a face covering, when entering the building; this may be removed when seated in class or rehearsal.

  • All persons shall use hand sanitiser when entering the building and as required during classes and rehearsals.  The sanitiser provided or a person’s own may be used

  • Class members will have their temperature taken by a session leader at the start of the day.  Any person with a raised temperature will be asked to leave immediately and follow the current guidelines for self-isolation and testing.

  • Temperature monitoring of a visiting company is the responsibility of the company’s management team.

  • All persons present at classes and rehearsals shall be recorded for track-and-trace purposes.

  • All persons attending classes of rehearsals are asked to bring only the minimum into the building.  Bags, coats, other clothing etc are not brought if not essential.

  • Seating for classes and rehearsals will be set out to ensure suitable safe distancing and MUST NOT be moved from that position.

  • A person shall occupy only one seat for the duration of the class or rehearsal.

  • Materials (scripts, libretti, scores etc) SHALL NOT be shared.

  • Comfort breaks must be managed to prevent any contravention of social distancing.

  • Session leaders for dance, drama and rehearsals shall wear a face covering when in close proximity to others.

  • Session leaders for singing shall wear a visor.

  • There shall be NO singing face-to-face.

  • All persons in a class or rehearsal shall face in the same direction, or at a suitable distance to avoid breaking social distancing.

  • Persons using the building SHALL dispose of all waste in the bins provided.

  • Any personal property left at the NWTAC Theatre following a session WILL be disposed of.

  • Social distancing shall be observed during ALL breaks.

  • Dance classes and rehearsals shall use the grid system set out in the theatre.

  • If any member of a class tests positive for Corona Virus then the whole class bubble shall be excluded from attending classes, rehearsals, performances etc for a period of fourteen days.

 

Performances (Cast, Musicians, Production Team & Technicians)

 

  • All persons, other than those with a valid exemption, shall wear a face mask, when entering the building; this may be removed prior to going on stage.  

  • All persons shall use hand sanitiser when entering the building and as required during their presence in the building.  The sanitiser provided or a person’s own may be used.

  • All persons arriving at the theatre will have their temperature taken.  Any person with a raised temperature will be asked to leave immediately and follow the current guidelines for self-isolation and testing.  

  • Temperature monitoring of a visiting company is the responsibility of the company’s management team.

  • All persons SHALL arrive at the theatre in the clothes they will wear for the performance (and make-up).

  • Changing of clothes and removal of make-up is PROHIBITED.

  • Shoes may only be changed for the purposes of dance.

  • All persons present at performances shall be recorded for track-and-trace purposes.

  • Seating will be positioned in the waiting areas to maintain social distancing and MUST NOT be moved from that position.

  • A person shall occupy only one seat while in the building.

  • Comfort breaks must be managed to prevent any contravention of social distancing.

  • Persons using the building SHALL dispose of all waste in the bins provided.

  • Any personal property left at the NWTAC Theatre following a session WILL be disposed of.

  • Persons may only access back stage immediately prior to their cue to go on stage.

  • Social distancing shall be maintained in the wings AND on stage.

  • Access to the stage by persons whose waiting space is at first floor shall enter the stage from SR.

  • Access to the stage by persons whose waiting area is backstage shall enter and leave the stage by SL

  • Exit from the stage shall be via the auditorium.

  • There shall be no close proximity interaction with audience members.

  • Chaperones shall maintain social distancing at all times. 

  • All persons leaving the building following a performance, shall maintain social distancing.

  • There shall be NO singing face-to-face.

 

Performances (FOH Staff)

 

  • FOH Staff shall be assigned to an area as follows:

    • Bar Staff

    • Car Park Staff

    • Stewards

    • Waiters

  • Bar Staff, shall wear gloves.

  • Car Park Staff are not required to wear any PPE, as they are outside, however they may do so of their own preference.

  • Stewards shall wear face coverings.

  • Waiters shall wear visors and gloves

  • All persons shall use hand sanitiser when entering the building and as required during their presence in the building.  The sanitiser provided or a person’s own may be used

  • No person will be served at the bar.

  • Waiters shall be available to take drinks and refreshments orders at any time, including during the performance.

  • Bar staff will provide the Waiter with a written chit for the amount due for an order.

  • Waiters shall be provided with a personal float to give change for the payment of an order.

  • All FOH staff must be aware of the movement of the cast through the auditorium and foyer and maintain social distancing.

 

Performances (Audience)

 

  • Audience members MUST book tickets in advance.

  • Online or telephone payment is preferred.

  • All persons, other than those with a valid exemption, shall wear a face covering, when entering the building and shall be worn during the performance (except when eating or drinking).

  • All persons present at a performance shall be recorded for track-and-trace purposes.

  • All persons shall use hand sanitiser when entering the building and as required during their presence in the building.  The sanitiser provided or a person’s own may be used

  • Audience members will be seated at a designated table the number of persons MUST be disclosed at the time of booking.

  • Audience members may order drinks and refreshments at any time they are in the theatre, including during the performance.

  • Audience members will be asked to retain their seats following the final curtain and asked to leave in rotation, to maintain social distancing.

  • Any audience member meeting a member of the cast is asked to do so outside the building.

  • Audience members taking comfort breaks are asked to respect social distancing.

  • A menu of refreshments and list of covid-19 precautions/conditions will be available for every family group or ‘bubble’.

  • Audience members may book seats for a performance up to a maximum of six people, from the same household.  Families within the same ‘bubble’ but from different households shall remain socially distanced.

North West Theatre Arts Company Ltd,

270a Lightbowne Road, Manchester, M40 5HQ

Registered in England
Company Number 8472346

t: 0161 207 1617

e: admin@northwesttheatreartscompany.co.uk

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