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General Covid guidance during rehearsals, pre-production and recording / production


Objective: To maintain protection of our staff and customers during coranavirus


To reduce the risk of the virus spreading through contaminated surfaces we:


  • Advise customers and workers to wash their hands or use hand sanitiser frequently. This is particularly important before and after touching shared objects or surfaces that other people touch regularly.

  • Maintain regular cleaning of surfaces, particularly surfaces that people touch regularly.

  • Workers and customers who feel unwell stay at home and do not attend the venue.


From 16 August, if you have been fully vaccinated you will be exempt from the requirement to self-isolate if you are a contact of a positive case. You will instead be advised to take a PCR test as soon as possible.


You will also be exempt from self-isolation from 16 August if you are under 18 and a contact of a positive case. As with adults, you will be advised whether a PCR test needs to be taken. If you are 18 years old you will be treated in the same way as under 18 year olds until 6 months after your 18th birthday, to allow you the opportunity to get fully vaccinated.


If you test positive you will still need to self-isolate regardless of your vaccination status or age. When self-isolating, follow the stay-at-home guidance. This will help reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 to other members of your household and community. You must stay at home at all times and not have contact with other people. There are only very limited circumstances when you do not have to do this, such as seeking medical assistance. If you do leave your home during your period of self-isolation for a permitted reason, you should maintain social distancing and keep 2 metres apart from other people.


Social distancing guidance no longer applies and there are no limits on social contact between people from different households. COVID-19 can still be spread through social contact and we continue to  mitigate this risk by reducing the number of people our workers come into contact with.


Workplace practices: 

  • Appropriately managing the space to maintain social distancing including limits on maximum occupancy. 

  • Limiting use of high-touch items and shared equipment, for example, shared instruments, mixing desk, lathe, cables, headphones.

  • Providing sufficient space for performers and other attendees to be socially distanced from each other and production team members or other individuals, wherever possible during pre-production, recording, rehearsal and performance. 

  • Ensuring all rehearsal and performance areas, with particular regard to indoor and covered areas, are well ventilated.

  • Reducing as far as possible any time that individuals are not able to maintain social distancing. 

  • Using technology solutions for rehearsals and performance where it helps maintain social distancing. 

  • Using floor tape or paint to mark areas to help people maintain social distance, where possible and appropriate.

Keeping the workplace clean 


Objective: To keep the workplace clean and prevent transmission by touching contaminated surfaces. 


Steps introduced: 

  • Maintaining good ventilation in the work environment by opening windows and doors frequently, where possible. 

  • Frequent cleaning of work areas and equipment between use

  • Frequent cleaning of objects and surfaces that are touched regularly, including door handles, desks, handheld devices etc and making sure there are adequate disposal arrangements for cleaning products. 

  • Clearing workspaces and removing waste and belongings from the work area at the end of a session.

  • Cleaning protocols for technical equipment, including consoles, microphones etc to ensure they are cleaned between users. 

  • Establish protocols on operating equipment to minimise cross-contamination, for example, including strict rules on who is allowed to operate the consoles /patch bay etc.

Hygiene – handwashing, sanitation facilities and toilets 


Objective: To help everyone keep good hygiene through the working day 


Steps introduced: 

  • Providing regular reminders and signage to maintain hygiene standards.

  • Providing hand sanitiser in multiple accessible locations, as well as washrooms. Consider the needs of people with disabilities.

  • Setting clear use and cleaning guidance for toilets. This is to ensure they’re kept clean.

  • Enhancing cleaning for busy areas.

  • Taking special care when cleaning portable toilets.

  • Providing more waste facilities, and more frequent rubbish collection.

  • Providing hand drying facilities. Provide paper towels, continuous roller towels, or electrical dryers.

  • Keeping the facilities well ventilated. For example, by ensuring any mechanical ventilation work effectively and opening windows and vents where possible.


Source Music-Production-Guidance-for-DCMS-v19.1

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