Covid secure measures for Creative Engagement groups

We’re very excited to be opening our new theatre for Creative Engagement sessions from 26 April 2021.

We are taking the safety of our participants very seriously and have been working tirelessly to introduce a wide range of measures which have been designed to help you feel safe, secure and comfortable when visiting the Octagon. Although we have lots of new processes in place, we promise to support all participants through this process and to create our usual friendly and inclusive atmosphere.

Please read all of these measures carefully and if you have any further questions please contact participation@octagonbolton.co.uk

Please note: the situation is continuously changing and these are the current measures in place according to Government guidance. 

What you can expect from us

  • Designated entrance for participants to avoid queuing and reduce interaction with other visitors
  • Clear signage throughout the building
  • Face coverings worn by staff and participants age 11+ (except for those exempt)
  • Hand sanitiser stations
  • Additional cleaning
  • We’ll adapt our games and activities to ensure social distancing of 2 metre distance between participants
  • Our group numbers will be reduced in line with government guidance (currently 15 participants per session)
  • If we are unable to run sessions due to a local or national lockdown, or an outbreak onsite, sessions will transfer to online Zoom sessions, in the usual time slot and with the usual facilitator where possible

What we expect from participants and parent/carers

  • Read and follow our guidance. Ask if you need help
  • Only attend sessions if you are feeling well. Please do not come to the session if the participant or anyone in their household are showing any symptoms of Covid-19 or have been told to self-isolate by school or Test and Trace
  • Participants to maintain 2metre from anyone outside of their household at all times
  • Parents and carers to maintain a 2metre distance at drop-off and pick-up and not to congregate with others
  • Participants aged 11+ to wear face coverings when arriving/leaving and during the session (except for those exempt)
  • Participants will be ask to sanitise or wash their hands at the start and end of each session (sanitiser provided)
  • Please bring as few belongings as possible with you to sessions. This can include a drink clearly identified as the participant’s but we ask group members not to bring food with them to workshops
  • If a participant has a positive test or have been told to self-isolate they will not be allowed to attend youth theatre until the end of their isolation period

 Here is some further information about arriving and departing

  • Please arrive on time for your session, not early or late, as this will disrupt the covid-secure measures we have in place for the start of the workshop
  • We have allocated a designated entrance for participants (side doors opposite the car park). A member of staff will be at the doors to welcome you into the building at the start of the session
  • We kindly request that participants are collected on time from the same side entrance
  • During the Spring term, we unfortunately are unable to provide a waiting area for parents/carers inside the building during sessions or for collection/drop off

 Test and Trace

  • We are legally required to keep your contact details for 21 days for NHS Test and Trace
  • Please make us aware if a participant receives a positive Covid-19 test. We will work with Test and Trace to contact other participants in the session if this is required

Refund Policy

As usual our groups are paid for as a termly fee and we don’t offer refunds for missed sessions.

If we are unable to run sessions due to a local or national lockdown, or an outbreak onsite, sessions will transfer to online Zoom sessions, in the usual time slot and with the usual facilitator where possible.

If a participant has to miss more than two sessions due to covid-related sickness or self-isolation, we will offer a 10% credit to your account. This will be redeemable against your next term.