Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have endeavoured to provide the safest environment possible for all of our Future Yard community. As the rules have changed, we have adapted and sought to communicate our policies as openly as possible.

The UK government ended all legal restrictions in England on 24th February 2022 and is instead asking the public to practise safe and responsible behaviours as the primary means of stopping the spread of the virus.

Given the challenges of the past two years, we welcome this phase with cautious optimism. We do, however, appreciate there are a range of opinions on the lifting of all restrictions and respect the right of individuals to manage their own risk as they feel comfortable.

Given the changes at government level, we have reviewed our own policies. The key points to note are as follows:

  • We encourage anyone coming to Future Yard – including audiences, artists and staff – to take a test before attending. This will remain our position while tests remain freely available.
  • We ask anyone displaying COVID-19 symptoms to not enter the building and to take a test if possible.
  • If you are currently testing positive for COVID-19, please do not enter the building.
  • Multiple hand sanitising stations will be in place at accessible points throughout the venue. We encourage regular use of these by all. All toilets, high usage areas and surfaces will be fully disinfected regularly, with our live room disinfected before and after every show. Work surfaces will be disinfected regularly during each event.
  • We have installed a new ventilation system within our performance space and stage area, drawing clean air from outside and extracting ‘used’ air from the venue. The system is specified to x20 air changes per hour and far exceeds the latest government guidance of x6 air changes per hour to remove airborne pathogens.

We appreciate that you may still feel uncomfortable in attending large public spaces at the moment, and we totally understand that. We have been operating within the guidance and updating our procedures regularly in relation to latest guidance and support, so we’re confident that we have a very robust system in place to manage the situation safely.

We look forward to seeing you soon. Thank you, as ever, for your support.

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