Update on Our 2021 Autumn Season
Jersey Arts Centre will announce its autumn 2021 season on WEDNESDAY 1 SEPTEMBER now that the guidelines for events and performances have been communicated with the Stage 7 Reconnection Roadmap/Plan.
From September, our audience capacity will therefore be 80 to enable physical distancing. However, we hope, after review at the end of September, that we will be in a position to increase our capacity to 125 from 1 October – though this is not guaranteed.
As with our recent summer season, we will need to announce our autumn season in stages – starting with hirings – since we have had to continually reconfigure the schedule of events as companies and artists have had to reshuffle their own plans.
We are reconfiguring on a daily basis so thank you for your understanding and patience.
Jersey Arts Centre will be following the GoJ’s ‘Guiding Principles’ for all businesses and activities.
PLEASE NOTE: THE ‘GUIDING PRINCIPLES’ FOR ALL BUSINESSES AND ACTIVITIES from 26 AUGUST 2021
Businesses should conduct a detailed risk assessment of their own environment as we enter Stage 7. Risk assessments should include the following general principles which will help prevent workplace transmission, staff absence and protect business continuity. In addition, an updated risk assessment including the below principles will help ensure compliance under both the Health and Safety at Work (Jersey) Law 1989 and Article 4 of the Covid-19 (Workplace Restrictions)(Jersey) Order 2020.
- ensure staff and customers are aware of COVID-19 symptoms and do not attend if they are experiencing symptoms, or have a positive test result. Anyone with symptoms should immediately isolate, request a PCR test and not attend until they have received a negative PCR test result.
- a clear plan outlining how to manage a customer, staff member or other visitor who develops symptoms or receives a positive test result while in the setting. This should include how they safely seek health advice if necessary and safely exit the setting without putting others at risk.
- maximising indoor ventilation and fresh air exchange or using outdoor spaces. The risk of respiratory droplets and aerosols can be reduced by using mechanical ventilation, HVAC or HEPA systems if fitted, keeping windows or doors open, and avoiding the use of rooms which cannot be ventilated.
- actively promoting cleanliness and personal hygiene measures. This includes use of clear signage, regular handwashing, ensuring adequate availability of hand sanitiser (minimum of 70% alcohol content), and continuing enhanced cleaning regimes with close attention to shared surfaces and touchpoints using EN 14476 surface sanitiser (or similar).
- encouraging as much physical distancing between individuals and reducing crowding where possible to do so. Contact Tracing continues to identify close contacts as anyone within 2 meters of a positive case for 15 minutes or more, so maintaining up to 2 meters of physical distancing remains the safest option. It is acknowledged that for many businesses this is not always possible and so space should be maximised where able to do so. This can include using outdoor spaces if available, using floor markers, one-way systems, splitting people into mutually exclusive groups/zones/cohorts, increasing high use facilities if you are able to (e.g. number of toilets, break areas), or reducing capacity in some or all areas of the setting. Some settings should also consider how large crowds will enter and exit the area.
- apply measures to prevent staff sickness and protect business continuity. Such as taking additional measures to protect vulnerable workers, taking part in the workforce screening programme, encouraging vaccination within your workforce, having a policy for if staff become direct contacts, supporting remote working where appropriate, using flexible hours or team working, considering the use of mouth and nose coverings in confined or busy areas, or when working face to face with visitors.
- consider situations where the use of mouth and nose coverings are advisable for staff. For example, where physical distancing and/or good ventilation cannot be guaranteed, when passing through shared indoor areas, in lifts and confined spaces, when working with members of the public or visitors from other workforces.
- encourage the use of the Jersey COVID-19 app in settings where other mitigations are problematic or large numbers are involved.
Thank you also for your support throughout 2021, and especially since Monday 19 April. Since this time, we have presented 96 performance events with 5,136 attendances. Our recent residency at Coronation Park, between 2-18 August, was a huge success with: Oddsocks’ ‘Comedy of Errors’, the Oddsocks Summer School and the music and drama. There were 16 performances with 2,766 attendances at Coronation Park!
We look forward to seeing you all again at Jersey Arts Centre from September when we will begin our autumn 2021 season.
Many thanks: and take care and stay safe.
With best wishes