Covid-19 Risk Statement

As we approach returning to face to face teaching and touring of our live performances we wanted to let you know that Wriggle Dance Theatre are committed to following proper health and safety precautions to ensure the well-being of everyone that we work with and come into contact with. Our priority is to ensure you enjoy our sessions and performances safety.

During this time of heightened sensitivity around hygiene and public health, we are taking an informed approach to help to address any concerns and enable the safe continuation of projects, workshops and performances. This includes under-going rigorous Covid-19 secure risk assessments, following current government guidelines and publishing a statement of intent on Wriggle’s website.

In particular, Wriggle’s approach to dance very often involves touch and close proximity to other people so it’s vitally important to consider current Coronavirus information and take precautions before, during and after participating in a face to face Wriggle workshop or an interactive performance. 

We recommend that all people attending live sessions and performances are well informed about coronavirus (COVID-19) and are taking the right precautions before attending. 

The government’s latest information and guidance can be found here: 

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus 

We advise the following to anyone working for Wriggle Dance Theatre, eg session leaders, performers, audience members and workshop participants, in order to reduce risk: 

Do not attend sessions/performances if you have one or more of the following 3 symptoms: 

·       a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature) 

·       a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual) 

·       a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal 

·       You do not have any symptoms but you have recently travelled to the UK from any of the government identified affected areas (within the guidelines specified timescale) we would ask you not attend sessions until you have had the appropriate medical advice.  

·       You do not have any symptoms but in the past 14 days you think you have been in contact with someone who might have contracted coronavirus (COVID-19): we would ask you not attend sessions until you have had the appropriate medical advice.  

 

Before attending sessions/performances: 

·       Stay informed and updated: Carefully read official information and advice on Coronavirus (COVID-19)  

·       Before coming into the session, wash your hands with soap and warm water or use a commercial hand sanitizer. The recommendation is to wash for 20 seconds (the Happy Birthday song twice through). 

·       From 18th September we are required by law to collect your details for test and trace. 

 

During and after sessions/performances: 

·       Wash your hands during any breaks and after the session and avoid touching your face. 

·       Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately and wash your hands with soap and warm water. 

·       Where possible maintain social distancing of 2 metres, face coverings must be worn indoors at all times, unless exempt, this includes; 

·       children under the age of 11 (Public Health England does not recommend face coverings for children under the age of 3 for health and safety reasons)

·       if you are undertaking exercise or an activity and it would negatively impact your ability to do so

·       if you are an elite sports person, professional dancer or referee acting in the course of your employment

·       If you feel like you are developing cold or flu symptoms during a workshop session we would ask you to consider leaving and let the workshop leader know. Then seek NHS medical advice. 

 

Please stay updated about Coronavirus (COVID-19) via NHS & government sites, take all official advised precautions and medical advice. 

Whilst there’s no guaranteed way to make our projects completely risk-free, if we work together to ensure we practise the hygiene steps set out above we will help reduce risk.

If you have any questions or would like to speak to us contact us on: info@wriggledancetheatre.co.uk

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