SEVENOAKS SHAKESPEARE SOCIETY
COVID SAFETY POLICY
In light of the strange times in which we are living at the moment we thought it would be useful to inform you about our response to Covid and how we will endeavour to keep to safe. There is also, at the foot of this message, a few reminders about what you need to bring with you.
ATTENDING THE SHOW SAFELY DURING CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
HOW WE WILL OPERATE A COVID SECURE PROCESS AT THE WHITE ROCK INN DURING THE PERFORMANCES OF:
THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED)
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is an infectious disease that can result in serious and potentially fatal illness. The risk of transmission is increased where people gather together. Some people are at a higher risk than others. Although we are implementing heightened safety measures, the risk cannot be entirely eliminated and, by attending the venue, you assume all risk associated with COVID-19 (unless caused by our negligence).
We will create marked seating areas on the grass capable of holding six people on garden seats or blankets. Each group will be distanced in line with government guidance from other groups in the auditorium. If permitted by law or guidance, we may elect at our sole discretion at any time to seat other ticketholders nearer to or directly next to your group.
Due to the ongoing government restrictions interval drinks will not be available from the bar but will served to your group in your designated area. It is a requirement in the government guidance that you MUST be seated in your designated area when your drinks are served. Please do not enter the bar during the performance or in the interval except where it essential to use the toilets. When entering the bar you will be required to wear a facemask at all times (unless you have a medical exemption).
Whilst we are performing in the open-air we would ask patrons to respect the social distancing guidelines and to keep mingling with other patrons outside your social group to a minimum.
On your arrival at the Box Office you will be required to scan the QR Test and Trace code or complete the paper name and address list and sanitise your hands. This is non-negotiable and anyone refusing to comply will be refused entry to the auditorium. We will collect contact data about each audience member in line with Government guidelines. We may need to share your contact details with NHS Test and Trace, if they require.
At the venue you must:
- abide by all relevant government guidance;
- abide by: all instructions given by our staff and our signage;
- wear a face covering when entering the bar; and
- maintain a distance of 2 metres where possible (and otherwise no less than 1 metre) from all other groupings at the venue at all times.
You must not attend the venue 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 recently arrived in England and government guidelines require you to self-isolate; 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 we are required by any COVID-19 government guidance or restrictions to cancel a performance, we reserve the right to reschedule the performance, or tickets may be refunded as through TicketSource.
Bits to remember:
1 – The curtain will go up at 7.45pm (3.30pm on matinees) without fail (assuming there are no technical theatrical difficulties).
2 – If you are dining at the pub please ensure you book early enough to ensure your meal is complete before the curtain goes up (see note 1!).
3 – Remember to bring your chairs or blankets. Due to the restrictions in place the auditorium will not open until 6.30pm so you will not be able to place your chairs earlier. There will be no exceptions.
4 – Please remember you are NOT PERMITTED to bring your own picnics, food or drink to the event. All food and drink must be purchased from the White Rock Inn as we are on their property. This is a Licencing requirement so is, again, non-negotiable.
5 – The evenings will start to get chilly towards the end of the performance so make sure you bring a jacket blanket to keep warm!
6 – Have a great evening!