From the 19th July, the government will lift many of the restrictions imposed during the past 18 months of the COVID pandemic, including mask mandates, social distancing etc.
However, we understand that many of you remain concerned by the risk of infection, despite the vaccination programme, and consequently, we would like to continue to offer our patrons reassurance.
We designed the 2021 season at Belcombe very much with COVID safety in mind; socially distanced seating, plenty of fresh air entering the theatre space etc. This will not change and we will continue to operate on precisely the same configuration and capacity, showing the same awareness of risk. Patrons who wish to wear masks can of course do so. We will also maintain the respect for personal space and distancing that some of our patrons may continue to feel reassured by. As our guests move around or enjoy the gardens and site at Belcombe, our front of house staff will be on hand to request that people respect the personal space of, and distancing to, those who feel vulnerable. We will manage areas where queues may form, too. Please feel free to let us know if you feel uncomfortable in any situation.
We would ask all of our friends and patrons to respect the wishes of others and ensure that everybody can enjoy a relaxed and safe festival.
All productions at Belcombe Court will take place within our ‘Saddlespan’ marquee. This is different to the dome tent we have used previously in that it has three open sides. This means that there is greater airflow and more room to socially distance our seating. The seating will be customised and at least 5 metres from the stage to ensure groups can sit within their own social bubbles without compromising their connection to the performance and keeping our performers safe.
In order to ensure you feel safe we will:
- Sanitize all seating prior to your arrival
- Arrange seating according to your bubble
- Operate a one-way seating system
- Escort you to your seats and ensure social distancing
- Ensure all stewards, Iford Arts staff, performers and stage crew take regular lateral flow tests
- Ensure all stewards, Iford Arts staff, performers and stage crew will not attend should they be symptomatic
- Ensure stewards and Iford Arts staff adere to government guideline on mask wearing
- Provide hand sanitizing stations
- Sanitize bathrooms prior to and during the event
- Employ Track & Trace at all events
We in turn ask that you:
- Do not attend a performance if you have any symptoms, or think you may have COVID-19 or have been in contact with anyone who has symptoms
- Respect social distancing guidelines by keeping at least 1 metre from all audience members, Iford Arts staff, performers and stage crew
- Use hand sanitiser appropriately
- Wear masks when being escorted to your seats
- If you develop symptoms within 5 days of attending a performance, we ask that you contact us
Should any production be cancelled due to the pandemic we will refund your tickets - no questions asked. If you are showing symptoms or have had a positive test result, please follow government guidance on quarantining and contact the office for a refund.