Jersey Arts Centre announced its spring 2022 season on 7 December 2021 in line with all guidelines – and all subsequent updates – for events and performances with the Stage 7 Reconnection Roadmap/Plan.

On 1 October 2021 we announced that our audience capacity would increase from 80 to 125.

Our 125 capacity will remain in place until further notice and we do not anticipate a further increase at the present time.

From Tuesday 4 January 2022, the use of face masks for all JAC visitors – except for performers during the performance – is mandatory and a legal requirement (unless exempt).

JAC’s COVID-19 Risk Assessment has been updated to reflect the above and all updates.

As with both our summer and autumn seasons of 2021, our spring 2022 season is being announced in various stages 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/weekly 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 and the updates communicated by the government of Jersey on 29 December 2021.

 

PLEASE NOTE: the following GoJ updates to the WINTER STRATEGY announced on 29 DECEMBER 2021…

In order to keep businesses, staff and Islanders protected during the coming weeks, and to reduce transmission:

  • All Islanders, businesses and organisations are reminded of the importance and legal requirement of wearing a mask in indoor places and when physical distancing from others is hard to maintain
  • Islanders are asked to book their boosters as soon as possible. Appointments are now available for anyone aged 18 and over
  • First and second doses are also still available, it’s not too late for staff to book to receive protection
  • Collecting customer information is a legal requirement in a number of settings and businesses must ensure they are collecting details in order to help aid contact tracing
  • Businesses and organisations are asked to continue to request that visitors and customers participate in lateral flow testing before attending their venue to help prevent anyone who doesn’t have symptoms unknowingly spreading COVID-19

It is strongly recommended to all businesses and organisations that:

  • COVID-19 workplace risk assessments are updated to prepare businesses in the event of cases of COVID-19 in the workplace, considering practical measures that can support business continuity
  • workforces know their COVID-19 status, by increasing the frequency of lateral flow testing (LFT) to twice weekly (through workforce testing or home testing programme)
  • visitors and customers are encouraged to know and confirm their COVID-19 status using LFT, for example before attending organised events, gatherings and in COVID Safe Spaces, such as health, community and education settings
  • staff in any setting do not come to a workplace if they are symptomatic with COVID-19 and arrange a PCR test. Additionally, if an LFT result is positive they also should also immediately arrange for a PCR test

To prevent staff absence and keep businesses and other services functioning we must continue practicing these key behaviours and actions over the winter months. These effective mitigation behaviours and actions form the guiding principles below.

While COVID-19 remains a global pandemic we must remain ready to adapt and adjust our daily lives to the challenges of living in a pandemic. If you need any support or advice you can email the Covid Support team.

 

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 for your continued support throughout 2021, and especially since Monday 19 April and after the second lockdown. Since this time, we presented 96 performance events with 5,136 attendances between 19 April and 18 August. Our 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! And in the autumn we presented a further 68 performances including 13 of our Christmas production of ‘Swallows & Amazons’!

We look forward to seeing you all again at Jersey Arts Centre throughout 2022 and hope you have all had a relaxing and peaceful Christmas and start to the New Year…

Many thanks: take care and stay safe.

With best wishes

DANIEL AUSTIN

Director