Covid-19 Protective Measures

This information is based on guidance from 17 May 2021 (this will be subject to change). The next stage in the government road map is 21 June, we will update this information when the guidance is confirmed.

In order to make our Open Studios safe places to visit we will be following the government guidelines and ask that you also help us with this.

Please check that the studio you are planning to visit is open. If one of our artists is asked to self isolate or believes they may have Covid-19 symptoms they will not be open, we will endeavour to keep the website up to date to minimise inconvenience.

Please do not visit a studio if you, or someone you have been in contact with, is unwell. Specifically: anyone who themselves has coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, such as a raised temperature, a new persistent cough, or a loss or change to their sense of smell or taste, or if anyone they have been in contact with has the same, stay at home.

You must wear a mask when indoors. There are exemptions to this mandate and we will take these into account. In particular we will be aware of those who need to be able to lip read in order to communicate effectively. Please note that guidance suggests that “A face visor or shield may be worn in addition to a face covering but not instead of one.”

Up to 6 people (more from the same household or support bubble as long as the Artist agrees that their space is large enough to safely distance) are permitted to visit inside or up to 30 people outdoors. This is subject to there being sufficient space within the studio for all to socially distance. Sometimes it might be necessary to wait a short while for our artists to maintain a safe number of visitors at any given time.

With regards to what is ‘sufficient space’ each Artist knows their own space and personal situation so will decide how many people comfortably fit into their Open Studio. They will use the following government guidance to make this decision:

Social distancing is still very important. You should stay 2 metres apart from anyone who is not in your household or support bubble where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings) if you cannot stay 2 metres apart.

We will ensure that our spaces are as well ventilated as possible. Some of our exhibitors may have air filters to increase the safety of their spaces. Some studios will be outside.

On arriving at an Open Studio, you must sanitise your hands.

We will ensure that all areas that are visited are cleaned regularly, particularly hard surfaces such as tables and door handles.

Where you are attending a workshop, each workshop provider should ensure that each session has its own equipment or that shared equipment is sanitised between users.

If the artist is able to open their toilet facilities they will ensure that they are cleaned regularly. Please note that most of our artists do not have facilities for visitors.

Our Artists may take rapid lateral flow tests as recommended.

Track and Trace QR codes will be provided for you to scan with the government app or visitors may leave contact details, one per household group is sufficient. Contact details will only be used if we are notified by Track and Trace or an attendee that you may have come into contact with the virus during your visit. We are required to keep this information for a period of 21 days.

If you have any concerns about our plans please do get in touch. Our aim is to provide a comfortable place for you to visit.

These protective measures are based on the government guidelines found here:
www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-coronavirus-restrictions-what-you-can-and-cannot-do#how-the-rules-will-change-on-17-may