Answers to your Coronavirus questions Updated 14th September 2020
Following the Government’s announcement regarding social gatherings of more than six individuals from separate households, Kingshill Arts & Meeting Centre would like to give the following reassurance:
As a ‘COVID-19 Secure’ venue – e.g. mandatory face coverings and social distancing in place; enhanced cleaning, etc. – Kingshill Arts & Meeting Centre is exempt from the new rules regarding the number '6'.
This means that you can continue to attend Kingshill Arts & Meeting Centre for classes, workshops and ticketed events, such as arts exhibitions.
Groups of six or more individuals from the same household, or ‘bubble’ are permitted but must not mix or form a larger group.
Many groups have already resumed their activities at Kingshill Arts & Meeting Centre and shortly, we will announce even more events to look out for.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns regarding your visit to Kingshill Arts & Meeting Centre.
Meanwhile - here's answers to other questions that have been asked.
Is Kingshill House open?
The House closed in March in accordance with Government guidelines and the majority of the team were furloughed.
The team are now back to work and from the beginning of June there would normally be a member of our office team on site, during normal office hours. However, on occasion, team members will still continue to work from home and the building still remains closed to the general public.
We have been open on selected dates, for small, creative workshops since 4th July.
We are now looking at opening for other activities and are planning to host two art exhibitions during September.
I would like to come along to the art exhibitions, what preparations have you made ahead of my visit?
We have spent the last few months of closure, giving the interior of the building a complete redecoration. Every room in the public area of the house has been given a fresh coat of paint.
We have implemented enhanced cleaning regimes in line with Government guidance beginning with a ‘deep clean’ of the building in readiness for students coming in again on 4th July.
We have limited access to the building. We have hand hygiene points throughout various locations in the House.
How will you support social distancing?
If you are coming along for a workshop, we have set up our four extra large training spaces with six to eight workstations, one for each individual student and at a distance of two metres apart plus a ‘demo’ station for the tutor. We have separate, more detailed advice, regarding workshops and classes. When booking you should receive this information.
If you are coming along to an art exhibition, you will need to book a pre-arranged time slot, by telephoning the office on 01453 549133. The office is open Tuesday to Friday between 9.30 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Alternatively, you can reserve a space by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org giving details of your preferred date and time slot and also providing a phone number for Track & Trace purposes.
Can I come along with friends?
You should only be socialising in groups of up to 2 households (including your support bubble) indoors, therefore access to larger groups will be restricted, particularly for art exhibition viewings.
With workshops and classes, the class sizes have been reduced and students will be seated at 2m distancing, or 1m+ with mitigation, for example, some screens are in place in classrooms.
Do I need to wear a mask in the House?
Due to new Government guidance you will need to wear a mask in the public areas, so if you are attending an art exhibition, masks should be worn at all times.
If you are attending a class or workshop, you will need to wear a mask when you are in the public areas, however, when you go into your classroom or refreshment area you can remove your mask if you want.
We will have a supply of disposal masks available if required for a small charge. If you do not wear a mask you will not be permitted to come into the building. If you have extenuating circumstances regarding mask wearing, please let a member of the team know.
Will there be hand sanitiser available?
Hand sanitiser will be available when you enter the building and you will be asked to use it. Within the House the toilet facilities are available so you can wash your hands regularly, but if you want to use hand sanitiser, you are advised to bring your own.
During your visit to us?
You may be asked to follow arrows, follow a one-way system, or wait until facilities like the WC is clear before you use it. It’s vital that you follow these instructions – they are for everyone’s safety. To avoid overcrowding in passageways and entrances, we will stagger the start/finish/break times for all workshops and issue time restricted access to art exhibitions.
If I feel unwell ahead of visiting Kingshill House, should I still come along?
You should not attend. If you are able, you should contact us to let us know that you are unwell as soon as possible.
You can contact a member of the office team on 01453 549133 if you wish to discuss it further.
I used to come to Crafty Thursday Club, are you planning on adding these to your programme of events?
Unfortunately, we do not have plans to run any drop in sessions at the moment. We will let you know as soon as we start offering this type of session again, in the meantime, if you need a crafty fix, then you can book onto a workshop in advance via our website:
Lastly… When you come along to Kingshill House, our aim is for you to enjoy your time here, to relax and to totally absorb yourself in this magnificent environment. Hopefully the measures we have taken to ensure your safety, will remove any worries or concerns you may have had about being out and about again.
Please understand that we are working to new procedures and we might not get it right straight away. As always we are open to suggestions and constructive feedback, so if you do visit us and something is not quite right, then do tell us and we will do our best to put it right.