On 16th March, the Government issued advice to avoid large gatherings and then followed it up with social distancing measures, which resulted in West End theatres closing and other theatres followed suit. During the lockdown, several theatres have made their productions available online.
The Government is starting to ease social distancing measures and theatres are starting to consider what they will look like once they can reopen. We have provided some examples of how theatres could be impacted.
There may not be any intervals when the theatres reopen as these result in queues at bars and toilets. Instead, theatre-goers could be allowed to go to the toilets during plays.
The Berliner Ensemble in Germany has been preparing for its reopening by removing 500 of its 700 seats in its auditorium to adhere to the German government’s 1.5m social distancing measures.
Another option for theatres is to use the system provided by CPS Manufacturing Co, which includes straps to stop the use of certain tip-up seats with “Do Not Use” plaques. You can contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 01302 238124.
A non-contact digital infrared thermometer could be used at the front and stage doors to check people’s temperatures upon arrival. The infrared thermometers have dashboards that indicate whether the audience member’s temperature is low, normal or high. View the infrared digital thermometers available in the VEWhygiene range from CPS.
Hand washing or sanitising could be compulsory on entering theatres. This would prevent germs and bacteria on hands being carried into the theatre. Portable sanitising stations could be set up at each of the entrances. Browse our range of sanitising stations and gels.
Wear face masks
Safety signs could be installed at the theatres to warn that audience members/staff need to wash/sanitise their hands, wear face masks and maintain the two-metre social distancing guidelines. CPS has a range of safety signs available to order online.