With the relaxation of certain rules on July 19th, theatres have prepared to return at full capacity, which is the only way that their shows are financially viable.
If you have tickets booked for a show, firstly I hope you have a great, safe time. The best way to prepare -if you are feeling even a little bit anxious -is to read all the information available, to understand that there are systems in place to minimise risks.
Let’s take a look at the key advice from Official London Theatre
ALLOW EXTRA TIME TO TRAVEL TO THE THEATRE – increasing passenger numbers may make you feel uneasy and so you will feel less stressed if you have time to wait for the next train coming along
FULLY READ YOUR TICKETS AND EMAILS – the theatre should have provided you with all the information you need to know about when to arrive, where to enter, what will be required of you, etc. The more information you have the more comfortable you will hopefully feel about your visit.
PROVIDE YOUR COVID STATUS MAY BE ASKED – The ticket information should tell you this, and what form of documentation they accept. Rules are much less stringent for Under 18s who haven’t yet been offered the vaccination option.
TEMPERATURE CHECKS? – The venues requiring this should state this on their email conformations or tickets.
WILL I HAVE TO WEAR A MASK ALL THE TIME? – It is strongly suggested that you wear your mask whenever moving around inside any theatre.
IN THE AUDITORIUM – other customers will be seated directly next to you as social distancing is no longer a requirement. Only you will know how you feel about this.
WHAT PROCESSES ARE IN PLACE? – Theatres are cleaning between performances and use of hand sanitiser is encouraged when entering and exiting theatres.
CAN I GET AN AUTOGRAPH AFTER THE SHOW? – No. All Stage Door activities are suspended at all theatres until further notice.
WHAT IF I TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID AND CAN’T ATTEND? – Firstly, don’t worry. Contact your point of sale or the theatre Box Office who will be able to advise you. Theatres are being very flexible and understanding, so don’t be afraid to ask them.
For further and more detailed information, see the OLT advice webpage here