How Our Festivals Are Planning A Safe Return

Guidance - Covid

The August Festivals are back and we’re all looking forward to the return of live events. The Art, Book, Fringe, Film and International Festivals have put a great deal of thought into programmes which will keep audiences entertained. And given what we’ve all been through it should come as no surprise that this year the Festivals have also spent a lot of time planning how to keep audiences safe. They’ve all been working with health professionals, the Scottish Government, City of Edinburgh Council and other relevant authorities to implement appropriate measures to ensure the safety of audiences, artists and staff. So before you attend any of our festival events, we’d like you to be aware of the following:

  • Face masks: They’re all part of our lives now. You should bring your own face mask to performances and wear it as directed by staff and signage, especially when moving around any of our sites or venues (unless you are medically exempt) including on arrival and when going to the toilet
  • E-tickets: Most of us are digital friendly these days. Where possible you should order your tickets online and use the electronic ticket option, thus minimising the need for contact with staff at venues. And don’t forget to download your e-tickets on to a fully charged phone ahead of the event to avoid any online or battery problems on arrival
  • Social Distancing: We’re taking tentative steps back. All festival events have been planned on the basis of social distancing guidelines and all seating areas are distanced apart from each other to allow for this. You should follow signage and directions from event staff on arrival and stay in your ‘bubble’ when watching the show
  • Test & Trace: This is all about thinking of each other. You will be asked to check-in on arrival at your event, using that venue’s chosen test and trace option. If you, or a member of your party, has symptoms of COVID19, receives a positive test result or is instructed to isolate by NHS systems - please stay home for everyone’s safety
  • Information: We’ll tell you all you need. Once you book a ticket for a festival event you’ll be made aware of specific safety guidance for that event. And all information during the event (such as signage and audio announcements) will inform you of relevant safety measures. We’d also suggest you follow the festival’s social channels for the most up to date information.
  • Ventilation: We all know how important this is. You should be aware that steps have been taken across all festival venues to ensure the circulation of air to spaces where people are present, in the knowledge that ventilation is an important control measure to reduce the risk of aerosol transmission of COVID-19
  • Arrival time: Gone are the days of arriving at the last minute. You should plan your arrival for your festival event to allow enough time for the check-in process and being directed to your seat. And we’d also suggest that you double check your travel & transport options, especially for any advance timetable changes or on-the-day delays, to ensure a good arrival time.
  • Limited numbers: There will be a lot of sold out shows this year. Each festival venue will be operating at numbers well below their normal capacity, meaning tickets will be in short supply and should be bought well in advance to avoid disappointment and congregating of crowds outside sold out venues.
  • Sanitising: It’s the first thing we learned and the last thing we’ll say. You should maintain all your good hygiene practices while at your chosen festival event, by using sanitiser and washing your hands regularly, and we’ll ensure that there are hand sanitiser stations available on site and that there is the frequent cleaning of all public surfaces.

Whether Scotland is your home or your destination, it’s all of ours to care for. Join us to #respectprotectenjoy Edinburgh and indeed Scotland.  As a festival attendee, please be considerate and sensitive to what's around you including local communities and staff working at the event, and if you plan to extend your festival experience by exploring the area then check out some simple commitments you can make here.

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