COVID-19 - SELBY TOWN HALL

After 18 long months where the stage has lain dark and the auditorium remained empty, Selby Town Hall is finally reopening. The staff and volunteers are all absolutely thrilled to be welcoming back our wonderful audiences – and some world class artists – but we want to make sure we do so as safely as possible and are asking for your help, support and understanding as we embark on this journey together.

Town Hall shows have always felt special and intimate – as though you’re watching the performance in a room full of friends and family. We’re incredibly grateful to all of you for helping to create that warm sense of community, and we see reopening the venue as working in partnership with you, our friends and our community, to be kind and understanding towards one another and to help keep everyone safe from the risk of Covid infection.

One of the reasons we have not reopened before this point is that social distancing measures would have reduced the venue’s capacity to just 26, which sadly was neither practically nor financially viable for us. The venue will therefore be reopening at full capacity. While we have made several changes to the way we operate to increase safety (further details below), we want to be completely transparent that full capacity does mean up to 150 people in the building, without socially distanced seating. As the country re-emerges from lockdown restrictions, we understand that each individual will be at a different stage in their own journey, with varying levels of confidence, and that, for some, it is too soon to contemplate being in a crowded room again. We are therefore very happy to offer a no quibble full refund if you have tickets to a show taking place this year (purchased before August 27th) but do not feel comfortable returning to a capacity Town Hall just yet. All we would ask is that you give us as much notice as possible, so we have an opportunity to place them back on sale. If you would like to claim a refund, please give us a call on 01757 708449.

If you are looking forward to returning to the venue this autumn though, here are…

Six ways we can all help each other to enjoy a safe visit to Selby Town Hall:

1. Please, please, please do not attend the venue if you have Covid symptoms, are isolating or believe you may present an infection risk for any other reason. If you do find yourself in this situation, we guarantee you a no quibble refund on your ticket. We will not be asking for proof of a positive test result, or evidence that you have been told to isolate. We are happy to take this on trust. To claim a refund, call 01757 708449 (up until the start of the performance. Please leave a message if it is very close to showtime).

2. Before attending the venue, we recommend that you do everything you can to make sure that you personally are not infectious. You can do this by:

·         Getting vaccinated
·         Taking a lateral flow test
(these can be obtained, for free, from most pharmacies)

We will NOT be operating a certification or passport model to enter our shows, but we can all make sure we aren't adding to anyone's risk by keeping our record of immunity up to date, getting vaccinated when we able and taking a free lateral flow test before attending a show. None of this is compulsory, but we are asking you to be kind and thoughtful and to do it for the safety of your fellow audience members and for our staff and volunteers.

3. All of our staff and volunteers will be wearing masks during events. We would very strongly encourage audience members to also wear a mask throughout their visit to the venue if they are able, and to think about those around them who might be more vulnerable, or who may be very nervous about returning to live events and will feel comforted to see that their neighbours are wearing masks. Mask wearing will not be mandatory though, and we will not deny anyone entry for not having a mask.

4. Please pre-order interval drinks where possible and use contactless payment methods.

5. Please make use of outdoor spaces as much as possible both before the event and during the interval. The doors and (newly renovated) windows will open before the performance starts and during the interval to help air circulate through the building. Do be aware that, on occasion, it could be a little cooler than usual in the venue as a result so please do bring an extra layer with you just in case.

6. We will be deep cleaning the building regularly to reduce the risk of contact infections. There will be additional hand sanitising units around the building and outside as you queue, and we ask you to please play your part in keeping the building clean from contact risk by regularly washing your hands and using the sanitiser.

To summarise:

·         Do not attend if you have symptoms or believe you are an infection risk
·         Get vaccinated when able and take a free lateral flow test before attending
·         Wear a mask throughout your visit if you are able
·         Pre-order interval drinks and use contactless payment
·         Use outdoor space as much as possible
·         Wash hands regularly and make use of hand sanitising stations

Please continue to be the wonderful, kind, thoughtful, community minded people that we know our audiences are. Even if you are fully confident in returning to live entertainment, there will be other audience members who are vulnerable, or for whom a visit to the Town Hall is a huge step, and we would ask you to consider what you can do to make their experience, as well as yours, a comfortable and joy filled one.

We will continue to monitor and review our approach and policies, but if you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can contact the venue on 01757 708449 or email Selby Town Council’s Arts Officer, Chris Jones, on c.jones@selbytowncouncil.gov.uk

We can’t wait to see you all again!

The Selby Town Hall team.

UPDATE ON RESCHEDULED SHOWS


Yorkston Thorne Khan - confirmed for 10th June 2022

Paul Sinha - confirmed for 10th September 2021

Killer Rhapsody, The Queen Experience - confirmed for 8th & 9th October 2021

Martin Turner ex Wishbone Ash - confirmed for 11th December 2021

Mark Radcliffe - confirmed for 16th December 2021

Northern Chamber Orchestra - CANCELLED

Tim FitzHigham - CANCELLED

The Way Down Wanderers - CANCELLED

Lucy Beaumont - CANCELLED

Midsummer - CANCELLED

Jo Caulfield - confirmed for 13th May 2022

Flanders & Swann - CANCELLED

Grimethorpe Colliery Band (at Selby Abbey) - CANCELLED

Music Masters - confirmed for 15th September 2021

Rob Newman - confirmed for 25th September 2021

Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands - CANCELLED

Alistair McGowan - confirmed for 22nd April 2022

David Knopfler & Harry Bogdanovs - CANCELLED

Rachel Baiman - confirmed for 29th January 2022

The Welkin (National Theatre Live) - CANCELLED

Lucy Porter - confirmed for 12th November 2021

Jack Absolute Flies Again (National Theatre Live) - CANCELLED

Harriet - confirmed for 3rd March 2022

Judie Tzuke - CANCELLED

Jenny Eclair - confirmed for 18th September 2021

Curved Air - confirmed for 5th March 2022

Chris McCausland - confirmed for 16th April 2022

Wille & The Bandits - confirmed for 1st April 2022

Daliso Chaponda - confirmed for 3rd December 2021