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COVID-19

*Statement Updated – February 28th 2022

COVID PASSES:

As of Friday 18th February, Covid Passes will no longer be required for film screenings and live events at The Welfare Ystradgynlais.

FACE MASKS:

As of 28th February, face coverings are legally required only in retail, public transport, and health and care settings. However, as organisations in Wales still have a legal obligation to weigh up Covid risks, after looking at all our events and spaces, we have decided there are sufficient reasons to continue to encourage staff and customers to wear face masks when walking about the building. For more information, scroll down to the Face Masks section at the bottom of this page.

We encourage all visitors to the building to:

  • Undertake a lateral flow test before your visit (including customers attending for community activities and room hire by external organisations).
  • Use face coverings throughout the building including when sitting in the auditorium (except when eating or drinking).

The Welsh Government are currently advising that people take a lateral flow test before going out, visiting friends or family, or for travel. If the test is positive people should stay at home, self-isolate, and arrange a PCR test.

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Safely and Slowly Reopening

We are so grateful for all the lovely messages of support from our wonderful audiences and community over the last 2 years, and for the ongoing support that we have received from stakeholders, especially Ystradgynlais Town Council, Arts Council of Wales and Powys County Council. With your support and by working together, all of us will come out of this stronger and more connected than ever.

The Welfare Ystradgynlais welcomes the progress made with the vaccination programme, and relaxation of the rules surrounding social distancing, covid passes and face coverings. Whilst these changes will allow our community to make the steps toward recovery, our staff and Charitable Trustees remain cautious.

The safety and confidence of our partners, customers, staff, volunteer team and audiences remain paramount. We will continue to use the Welsh Government guidance and instructions to institute our own risk assessment, and we will use all reasonable measures to maintain a safe and comfortable environment for customers and staff to work in.

Measures include:

  • More emphasis on contactless ticketing and online purchases.
  • Increased ventilation.
  • Enhanced cleaning, including the use of a state of the art environmentally friendly anti-bacterial and viral fabric cleaning system.
  • Regular lateral flow testing for staff.
  • The use of face coverings throughout the building including in the auditorium.
  • Ongoing reminders to audience members that should they need to stay home if they exhibit any symptoms of Covid, they can be safe in the knowledge that they will receive a credit or transfer.
  • We will follow the latest Government guidelines – staff will repeatedly emphasise “Hands – Face – Masks – Fresh Air “etc.
  • We are encouraging customers to make use of the free to access lateral flow tests.

More in-depth details on the above points can be found below*.

Throughout the pandemic, we have supported essential services working at our venue, including the Welsh Blood Donation Service and the Covid-19 Testing Unit and Vaccination Clinics. Also, alongside our regular Arts partners, we have co-produced theatre for adults and children, we have operated our own children’s and community engagement activities online, and more recently we have undertaken outdoor theatre throughout the summer.

As a multi-purpose venue we need all our activities to be functioning together to make us financially viable. And we are now in a position to welcome all organisations and community room hire back into the building. We began a phased re-opening to community groups in September 2021 – followed by live indoor audiences and then last but not least, cinema. Please bear with us as we continue to limit group numbers and retaining social distancing within our spaces as we seek to build confidence and reassure our patrons.

*COVID SAFETY INFORMATION & REQUIREMENTS FOR EVENT ATTENDEES
(Room Hirers, please get in touch for our Covid-Related Room Hire Risk Assessment):

Balancing the long established financial pressures to reopen at full capacity now that Welsh Government regulations allow, brings many considerations and challenges for us and all Welsh theatres and performing arts venues – we know that audience confidence is imperative for the sector to survive.

TESTING:

Like the majority of the Welsh theatre sector, we are encouraging customers to make use of the free to access lateral flow tests that can be sent to your home and carried out in your own time. Knowing that you are safe before you go to a performance helps protects those around you and will keep the magic of theatre alive.

ADDITIONAL CLEANING PROCEDURES:

Additional cleaning of toilets and touch points have been scheduled, our enhanced cleaning includes the use of a state of the art environmentally friendly anti-bacterial and anti- viral system. It’s a fogging method that kills Covid for long periods on fabric and all surfaces.

INCREASED VENTILATION:

We are increasing ventilation around the building. Both the Lesser Hall and our Main Auditorium have automated fresh air handling systems, which keeps you safe but you may find it colder when you attend our events. Please feel free to bring your own blanket or throw to keep yourselves warm and cosy while you’re watching a show/film.

SOCIAL DISTANCING:

All our events remain at a lower capacity and socially distanced, unless otherwise stated. For those events, seats will be limited initially and released as we review the latest guidelines. You will be made aware in advance of any changes to seating capacity. We encourage social distancing around our venue with signage, one way systems and socially distanced queuing.

CONTACTLESS TICKETING & PURCHASES:

  • We are currently not handing out paper tickets – we will ask for your email address to send your tickets to. You can either print them out at home or show them on your phone or mobile device. If you do not have an email address, don’t worry, we will have your name on our guest list on the day of the event.
  • Please note, in order for us to plan our seating layouts (SEE SEATING INFORMATION BELOW), we need to know exactly how many people are attending. Therefore you will need to pay for your tickets at the time of booking, we can no longer hold any tickets for payment at a later date.
  • Also, as we are working with a reduced seating capacity to maintain social distancing, tickets may sell out quicker – we can’t guarantee that there will be tickets left to buy “on the night”.
  • To ensure that you are sat together with friends, family etc, please book in advance online as a group booking as we’re unable to guarantee you are sat together otherwise (SEE SEATING INFORMATION BELOW).

We do still accept cash payments, however card payments are preferred to stop the spread & reduce queuing times at the box office and the bar.

We respectfully remind audience members that should you need to stay home due to you exhibiting any symptoms of Covid, you can be safe in the knowledge that you will receive a credit or transfer (unless otherwise stated in the booking page of a particular event).

SEATING:

To enable us to be as flexible as we can with our seating layouts, we will not be allowing customers to choose their own seats for the majority of our events (Those with a seating plan will be accessible on that particular event’s booking page). As a multi-purpose venue, a ‘one size fits all’ seating plan is not a viable option for us especially during these tough times, so we will be allocating seating in advance behind the scenes. This means that you will be shown to your seats on arrival once you’ve checked in at the box office. To ensure that you are sat together with friends, family etc, please book in advance online as a group booking as we’re unable to guarantee you are sat together otherwise.

Also, as we are working with a reduced seating capacity to maintain social distancing, we also can’t guarantee that there will be tickets left to buy “on the night”.

FACE MASKS:

As of 28th February, face coverings are legally required only in retail, public transport, and health and care settings. However, as organisations in Wales still have a legal obligation to weigh up Covid risks, after looking at all our events and spaces, we have decided there are sufficient reasons to continue to encourage staff and customers to wear face masks when walking about the building.

This wording is direct from the Welsh Government to highlight that point…

“Managers of premises may ask you to wear a face covering. They can ask you to do this because they have looked at how to manage the risks for their business. If this is the case, you are asked to comply unless you are otherwise exempt from wearing a face covering.”

Masks will be available to purchase at the box office if you forget yours. We know that some customers will no longer want to wear masks, but we encourage all customers to do all they can to help us make others feel comfortable.

HAND SANITISER:

We encourage use of hand sanitiser – these can be found dotted around the building. Please sanitise your hands on arrival and on leaving.

If you have any further queries, please don’t hesitate to contact us at boxoffice@thewelfare.co.uk or on 01639 843163.
We look forward to seeing you soon. Stay safe.

Team Welfare