Following HM Government’s announcement of Plan B on 8 December introducing mandatory mask wearing in theatres, The Court Theatre Team has updated its Covid statement on how we are operating.

Following many months of either closure or restrictions, we were glad to welcome patrons back to theatre, live music and comedy in the second half of 2021. “Plan B” allows us to continue, but with some extra restrictions intended to make your visit as safe as we possibly can.

Covid isn’t going away anytime soon, and we are committed to keeping everyone – you our patrons, our team members, our crew and all the artists – safe. We see this as a partnership to help reduce the risk of Covid infection. So please read these seven ways to enjoy a safe visit to The Court Theatre, Tring.

1. SYMPTOMS Please don’t come if you have Covid symptoms, or believe you may have been exposed to infection. Be aware that the Government’s original list of symptoms no longer represents the current most common symptoms which now include sneezing, sore throat and headache. If you are feeling unwell you should not attend.

2. TESTS Before coming to one of our events, we urge you do everything you can to make sure that you personally are not infectious. You can do this by:
-Getting vaccinated
-Taking a lateral flow test before the show
To be clear, we don’t believe that we should operate a policy of excluding you from our venue because you haven’t done those things and we will not be operating a certification or passport model to enter our shows (unless this later becomes official legislation). No one is forcing you to do this. We are just asking you to be kind and thoughtful and do it for the safety of everyone else and for our team members.

3. CHECK-IN WITH THE APP We urge you to download the Government Covid-19 App and check into the Court Theatre when you arrive.

4. FACE COVERINGS Face masks are mandatory for all patrons aged 11 or over (unless medically exempt). Court Theatre Courtiers and bar staff will be wearing masks. To increase ventilation doors will be open when possible and there will be ample opportunity to go outside without masks.

5. ONE WAY SYSTEM To avoid congestion we operate a one way system which will be explained by theatre Courtiers when you arrive.

6. BAR SERVICE We operate a normal full bar service and for some shows an ice-cream kiosk. However, we urge you not to crowd the bar, and queue respecting other patrons and our hard worked bar staff. Courtiers will be on hand to guide you. We also urge you to order Interval Drinks in advance so they can be quickly collected from a separate queue to speed things up.

7. SANITISERS AND CLEANING We deep clean the building regularly including wiping down all surfaces. There are hand sanitiser stations around the theatre, and we ask you to please play your part in keeping the building clean from contact risk by regularly washing your hands and using the sanitisers.

We are a Community Theatre run entirely by volunteers, so please always think of the safety of others and look after yourself at the same time.