MAKING

STORY STORKS COVID-19 SAFE

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Story Storks at The Twickenham Exchange

The team at the Exchange have worked hard to put in place COVID-19 guidelines to keep you safe.  I have scheduled the sessions to ensure that we have a break between them in order to avoid a mass gathering.  Please arrive on time, and wait in the foyer where you'll be instructed where to go.

You will need to wear a mask to walk about the building unless you are exempt from doing so.  None of the children attending Story Storks need to wear a mask unless they wish to do so, and no child under 3 should wear a mask.

Once you arrive at the room, you'll be shown to your 'spot', where you'll need to stay for the duration of the workshop.  We get to move and dance on the spot, but the usual fun of galloping around the room will have to wait until we get a vaccine.  We also need to make a bigger circle than normal so please leave all pushchairs in the foyer unless you have a sleeping baby.

The best way to keep us all safe is to keep a window open to allow for natural ventilation.  As long as the weather is reasonable, we'll be doing that, so jumpers are advised.

Finally, it goes without saying that if you or your little one show signs of COVID on the day, then you mustn't come.  Send me an e-mail, as in this circumstance I will be happy to issue a credit or refund.  In all other circumstances, you can move or cancel your booking up to 24 hours before the workshop begins.  

Click the button to see more details of The Exchange COVID safe guidelines.

Story Storks at The Rose Theatre, Kingston

The team at The Rose Theatre, Kingston have worked really hard to put in place and follow COVID-19 guidance to keep you all safe.  Upon arrival at the theatre the adults will be temperature checked by the front of house team using a hands-free thermometer.  We'll check some of the kids too, depending on age and wriggle factor!  Once cleared, you will be either sent up to the room or asked to wait.  Please do not come along to the Story Storks room unless you have been temperature checked.  

You will need to wear a mask to walk about the building unless you are exempt from doing so.  None of the children attending Story Storks need to wear a mask unless they wish to do so, and no child under 3 should wear a mask.

Once you arrive at the room, you'll be shown to your 'spot', where you'll need to stay for the duration of the workshop.  We get to move and dance on the spot, but the usual fun of galloping around the room will have to wait until we get a vaccine.  We also need to make a bigger circle than usual, so please leave pushchairs downstairs in the cafe unless you have a sleeping baby.  

The best way to keep us all safe is to keep a window open to allow for natural ventilation.  As long as the weather is reasonable, we'll be doing that, so jumpers are advised.

Finally, it goes without saying that if you or your little one show signs of COVID on the day, then you mustn't come.  Send me an e-mail, as in this circumstance I will be happy to issue a credit or refund.  In all other circumstances, you can move or cancel your booking up to 24 hours before the workshop begins.  

Click the button to see more details of The Rose Theatre COVID safe guidelines.

Story Storks on the Fairfield
In order to make Story Storks as safe as possible, we've put the following guidance together for everyone who attends.  

GETTING TO THE FAIRFIELD

Please travel to the Fairfield in line with the current guidance.  At the time of writing, everyone is invited to use public transport.  There is on road parking (On Fairfield Road) which is pay and display.  There will be plenty of room for buggies, and bikes too.  

ARRIVING & DEPARTING

You can arrive up to 15 mins earlier than the scheduled start time, but we ask that you don't arrive any earlier than this to avoid congestion with a previous session.  Once the workshop has finished, we'll need to clear the performance area pretty quickly.  You're of course more than welcome to enjoy the rest of the Fairfield.

SOCIAL DISTANCING & MINIMISING CONTACT

Please bring a picnic rug with you.  We'll be sitting in a big semi-circle.  The workshop will still involve plenty of action, but kids will do them on the spot. 

I am also unable to give out instruments to the children as I would normally.  You'll be contacted by e-mail before the workshop with any suggestions of instruments that you might bring from home.  This will include a suggestion of an alternative that can be easily found around the house so that no-one misses out.  

HAND SANITISER & MASKS

If you feel more comfortable wearing a mask then you should do so.  Children are not permitted to wear masks until they are over 4.  Hand sanitiser will be available for you to use before and after the session if you wish.

SINGING

Research is underway to discover if singing causes an increase in COVID-19 transmission or if the choirs were affected because of a lack of social distancing.  Government guidance states that only professionals should sing, and they are 3m away from the audience at the very least.  I will be keeping my distance when I sing, and I have a microphone so that I don't need to project my voice.  I would suggest that adults refrain from singing.  Children are being encouraged to sing in early years settings, so I see no reason why they can't continue to sing along at Story Storks.  

AVOIDING A CROWD GATHERING

The area in which Story Storks will take place will be cordoned off with bunting.  There will be signage to say that the session is a private workshop and discourage people from stopping to watch.   

TEST AND TRACE

At the time of booking, you will need to leave your phone number and a mobile number so that Test and Trace can be applied if necessary.  Should you be asked to isolate, please let us know.  Your booking will either be moved or refunded.  We are continuing with online Story Storks every Thursday throughout August for those who won't be able to join us.

We have worked together with Kingston Council to ensure that these events are as safe as they possibly can be, so that you can turn up and enjoy some live storytelling.  

if you have any concerns whatsoever please don't hesitate to contact me on 020 8090 2100 or sarah@storystorks.co.uk.

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