A summary of COVID-19 Precautions at Blues Nites Events
Welcome back to dance! It's been a long journey but we're ready to get back to dancing. Because of the close contact and intermingling of dancers at events, we have to recognise that we must be careful to take all reasonable steps to provide the safest possible environment for our dancers and our team. This page outlines the major steps we are taking to minimise the risks as we reopen.
We ask all our dancers (and team members) to take a lateral flow test on the day of the event. While there are known ways around these tests, our world is one of trust in dance and in our approach to dance, and we have to trust our dancers to provide a valid negative test. This can be validated either through the COVID-19 app (either on the app or the email confirmation) or by bringing the physical test result with you. If you do not have evidence of a recent test then we will supply you with a test kit.
We encourage our dancers to be vaccinated. However, there are still risks even with vaccination, both of contracting COVID-19 and of transmitting the virus. We also recognise that some people cannot be vaccinated. Further, a COVID-19 pass does not necessarily indicate proof of being negative on the day. We are therefore asking for up to date proof of testing to reduce the risk to all.
You must not attend an event if you have been asked to self isolate by NHS Test and Trace or after travel, and of course you must not attend an event if you or anyone you live with are showing any symptoms of COVID-19, even if those symptoms are mild.
We will provide a QR code at all our venues for use with the NHS COVID-19 app. If you do not have or use the NHS app then we will ask you to register with your name and phone number in case you need to be contacted to self-isolate. These registers will be held securely, will not be digitised and will be destroyed after two weeks.
We will continue to take cash payments, although we will also provide contactless payment facilities at our venues.
Face coverings are no longer required by law. If you choose to wear one we will support your right to do so.
We ask our dancers to make use of the provided hand sanitiser, or indeed, to bring your own. Our team will regularly sanitise shared areas such as toilets and kitchens. Particular care should be taken at events where refreshments are provided.
We will seek to thoroughly ventilate all our venues as much as is reasonably possible.
Frequently asked questions:
Why are you not limiting numbers at your events? Dancing, particularly Modern Blues dancing, is very up close and personal. Limiting numbers arbitrarily does not reduce the risk in an event where you will, by the nature of the event, be in close proximity to others.
Why do I have to provide a lateral flow test if I have been vaccinated? A COVID-19 vaccination pass does not necessarily indicate that a person is negative for COVID-19 on the day. A lateral flow test provides a recent test of a negative result. Further, there remains the possibility that a fully vaccinated person will still be able to transmit the virus.
I've booked on line but now I've tested positive for COVID-19. What do I do? If you have tested positive or have symptoms of COVID-19, please contact Sara at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll arrange for a refund or to move your booking to another date.