19th March 2020
With the increasing spread of coronavirus and concerns for the health and well-being of our young people, their families, our audiences and staff, we have made the difficult decision to postpone all workshops and holiday projects until the end of April 2020, when our board of trustees will review the situation.
We will re-schedule the rehearsals and performances of "The Changing Room" as soon as the situation becomes clearer and will be in touch with further information when we have it. If you have booked on to take part in our Easter holiday projects, your place will be retained for when we reschedule, unless you wish to cancel it, in which case, we ask you to email us on email@example.com.
We hope you understand our decision, as the health and safety of our participants, audience and staff is our first priority.
We understand CTC provides a vital safe space for our young people to be themselves, make positive friendships and learn new skills. We are devastated not to be able to provide this service in the usual way, but are currently in discussions with others in our sector to better understand the technological options for keeping our participants connected and creatively stimulated during this difficult time.
In this current pandemic it’s extremely challenging for independent non-profit theatre companies and we need your support now more than ever. Once we are back up and running, we hope we can rely on your generosity and support. In the meantime, should you be able to to, you can donate to CTC via the link below:
Thank you, stay safe and we'll be in touch soon
13th March 2020
Dear participants, parents and guardians,
As a company we are monitoring the developing situation and following guidance that is currently coming from the government and World Health Organisation in relation to Coronavirus. In light of the continuing spread of the Coronavirus this policy outlines what CTC are doing and what will happen in certain circumstances if staff or participants need to take time off.
As of 13th March we have been instructed to continue our activities as usual, with the following practices in place, unless we are contacted by Public Health England, our partners at Activate Learning (Banbury College) or in the primary schools we run regular sessions in advise us otherwise. Please note that as long as our activities remain open, session fees cannot be reimbursed should you choose to keep your participant at home as a precaution.
We will continue to monitor government advice and keep you updated on actions being taken to reduce the risk of exposure in the workplace
Make sure that everyone’s contact numbers and emergency contact details are up to date
Ensure everyone is aware of the symptoms of the virus which are fever, cough and shortness of breath
We will ensure there are clean places to wash your hands with hot water and soap at our base at Banbury College and anti-bacterial handgel available in workshops. Everyone should be washing their hands regularly they should wash them for about the time it takes to sing happy birthday twice
We will ensure there are hand sanitisers and tissues in the office for everyone to use
We will consider if any planned or future planned travel for business is essential
We ask any participant or member of staff to let us know if they have any flu like symptoms- fever, cough or shortness of breath. In this instance, as of 12th March it is the government’s recommendation that they self isolate for 7 days.
If someone becomes unwell during a workshop they should:
Get at least 2 metres (7 feet) away from other people
Go to a room or area behind a closed door
Avoid touching anything
Cough or sneeze into a tissue and put it in the bin, or if they do not have tissues, cough and sneeze into the crook of their elbow
Use a separate bathroom from others, if possible
Call NHS advice on 111 using their own mobile phone to get advice on next steps
If a participant becomes unwell during session time, a facilitator will call their emergency contact to collect them. If someone does come into the office or drama studio space with the virus, the workplace does not necessarily need to close. The Public Health England health protection team will liaise with the management team to:
Discuss the case
Identify people who have been in contact with the affected person
Carry out a risk assessment
Advise on any actions or precautions to take
In the unlikely event that the office should need to be closed as much work as possible will be done from home.
If regular workshops at Banbury College or after school clubs need to be cancelled on the advice of the government, we will let all staff, participants and their carers know by email and via announcements on our website with as much notice as possible.
Appendix- Government Advice
The full government guidance can be found here:
Please see PHE information below in regards to preventing the spread of infection.
Preventing spread of infection
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus.
Public Health England (PHE) recommends that the following general cold and flu precautions are taken to help prevent people from catching and spreading COVID-19:
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze. See Catch it, Bin it, Kill it
Put used tissues in the bin straight away
Wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available. See hand washing guidance
Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
If you are worried about symptoms, please call NHS 111. Do not go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment.
Further information is available on the PHE blog and NHS.UK.
Face masks for the general public are not recommended to protect from infection, as there is no evidence of benefit from their use outside healthcare environments.
People who have returned from the countries listed below in the last 14 days should self-isolate whether they have symptoms or not. This includes avoiding attending an education setting or work until 14 days have passed. They should call NHS 111 for advice and self-isolate.
Advice is in place for what to do if you have returned in the last 14 days from specified countries or areas which is being updated on an ongoing basis:
With regards to travel information to other countries for individuals working in the UK, we recommend following the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) country advice pages.