Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have endeavoured to provide the safest environment possible for all of our Future Yard community. As the rules have changed, we have adapted and sought to communicate our policies as openly as possible.

We appreciate that moving into a new phase of limited restrictions will bring a mix of great excitement and some trepidation. We respect the right of individuals to manage their own risk as they feel comfortable.

We have updated our COVID-19 risk assessments (AUDIENCE | ARTISTS AND STAFF) in light of the changing restrictions. The key points from these are:

  • From 19th July 2021, government guidance does not mandate the wearing of masks in settings such as Future Yard. We are mindful, however, that some individuals will wish to continue wearing a face covering, whereas others will choose not to do so. This is a matter of personal choice and we support both positions without prejudice. Masks will be available free of charge to all staff, artists and customers, for those who wish to wear them. We ask you to respect the wishes of our staff and customers in their decisions around wearing a mask.
  • We have installed a new ventilation system within our performance space and stage area, drawing clean air from outside and extracting ‘used’ air from the venue. The system is specified to x20 air changes per hour and far exceeds the latest government guidance of x6 air changes per hour to remove airborne pathogens.
  • Multiple hand sanitising stations will be in place at accessible points throughout the venue. We encourage regular use of these by all. All toilets, high usage areas and surfaces will be fully disinfected regularly, with our live room disinfected before and after every show. Work surfaces will be disinfected regularly during each event.
  • All Future Yard staff are taking part in daily COVID-19 testing. All artists, staff + crew will be required to return a negative COVID test before arriving on site.
  • All purchases of food, drinks and tickets will be contactless. We are a cashless venue.
  • NHS Track & Trace APP QR code will be on display at venue entrance for those who wish to use it.
  • Future Yard is participating in MVT’s Revive Live Campaign ensuring the safe reopening of Grassroots Live Music Venues across the UK.
  • Any audience members or staff who have coronavirus symptoms, live with those with symptoms or who have been advised by NHS Test And Trace to self-isolate must not attend the venue.

As part of the Music Venue Trust’s Revive Live campaign, they are encouraging people attending live shows to take a test before attending. All staff, artists and crew are taking tests before the show, so we encourage our audience to do the same. We won’t be requesting proof of a negative test as a condition of entry – but we all need to do our bit to help stop the spread of the virus.

We appreciate that you may still feel uncomfortable in attending large public spaces at the moment, and we totally understand that. We have been operating within the guidance and updating our procedures regularly in relation to latest guidance and support, so we’re confident that we have a very robust system in place to manage the situation safely.

We look forward to seeing you soon. Thank you, as ever, for your support.

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Download and view our full risk assessments below. We thank all audience members in advance for their co-operation.