The Return of Live shows
We want to welcome you back as safely as we can to gigs at The Portland, we can’t wait to see you! As we know, infection rates are still high, and so we ask for your help and understanding as we strive to make the venue and pub as safe as possible for our customers and staff.
You can help us by thinking about the following 7 steps…
1. If you have a temperature, a new continuous cough or loss of taste or smell. Do not attend our venue. Stay at home and follow NHS guidelines.
2. Before coming to one of our events, we recommend that you do everything you can to make sure that you personally are not infectious. You can do this by:
-Getting double vaccinated
-Taking a lateral flow test, they are free from pharmacy’s and online HERE
-Registering that you are immune on the NHS app.
we don’t believe that we should operate a policy of excluding you from our venue because you haven’t done those things but you, personally, can make sure you aren’t adding to anyone’s risk by keeping your record of immunity up to date, getting vaccinated or taking a free test.
3. Our staff will be wearing masks during events. They are doing this because masks have been shown to reduce the risk of direct droplet transmission. If you want to reduce your contribution to the risk of droplet transmission, you can choose to wear a mask whenever you like during the event. No one will force you to wear a mask, you can be kind and thoughtful and choose to wear one when it isn’t inconvenient.
4. During our period of closure we have installed UVC air filtration. This is a scientifically proven method of reducing 99.6% of airborne pathogens which works to significantly reduce Covid. We have installed this throughout the building, and you will see it on various surfaces (it gives off a funky blue glow!)
5. For reasons of noise and resident peace, we have not been able to install a full ventilation system. We will, however, be adopting a new policy of encouraging you to use our outside spaces, front and back, before, between and after performances. The front and rear doors of the venue will be open during the gaps between performances, which will enable air to circulate.
6. We will be deep cleaning the building regularly, and we will be using contact cleaning solutions which reduce the risk of contact infections. There will be additional sanitising units around the building, and we ask you to please play your part by regularly washing your hands and using them.
7. We strongly encourage you to use contactless/cards if you are able to do so and to book your gig tickets online in advance.
That’s pretty much it folks, thank you for reading all the way through!
Most of all, please just be mindful of other people over the next few months while we all get used to it again. Some people will be raring to go, others will still be nervous, let’s look out for each other as a community. Respect yourself and other people and let’s all play our part in enjoying live music once again.
Are you a promoter or band with a show coming up or someone looking to book the venue?
see our Venue How to Hire pages for updated guidance.