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Coronavirus Statement from Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre

Updated 17 March 2020

Following the UK Government announcement on Monday 16 March 2020 to step up measures to fight the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, reinforced by guidance from both the Scottish Government and UK Theatre/the Society of London Theatre, we have taken the decision to temporarily close Dundee Rep Theatre. This decision was taken on the evening of Monday 16 March 2020 and is effective immediately.  We take the health and safety of our audiences, staff, freelance colleagues and partners very seriously and as part of the temporary closure, we have suspended all our public activities as an Organisation including producing and presenting work, Engage classes and Scottish Dance Theatre touring. 

We will be contacting our freelance colleagues and customers over the next few days.

At this stage, we do not know how long the closure and suspension of our activities will last. However, we anticipate that the rest of our published season will now not take place. We will continue to follow Government advice as it is issued.

This is an incredibly complex and fast-moving situation and it is with a heavy heart that we have taken this decision but the safety of all the people we work with is our number one priority. We would like to thank our audiences and supporters for all the messages of support we have received during these uncertain times. As an arts charity, we depend on this support.

We are currently in the process of informing all customers and would like to assure all those who are affected that you will receive a full refund or exchange for your tickets. Due to the large number of inquiries we are asking customers not to contact Box Office unless your query is urgent. Please bear with us as we do our best to answer a large volume of calls as quickly as possible. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

We recognise this is an incredibly worrying time for our audiences and that you will be concerned about your family and friends as well as having very real considerations about your income in the days and weeks ahead.  If you feel able to do so, we are asking audiences who have purchased tickets with us to consider opting for the ticket value to be credited to your account, rather than refunded. 

Some of our patrons have already taken the kind decision to donate the value of their tickets to us.  As with many areas of our economy, there are real viability issues for the arts as a result of the Coronavirus and we want to ensure we can continue to create and present the work you love when we open to the public again. 

To repeat, we understand the challenges facing you all and our society more generally, and so refunds will, of course, be available without question.

Your support means everything to us. We looking forward to welcoming you all back to our work, in happier times, once this is behind us all. In the meantime, stay safe.

Andrew Panton                                   Liam Sinclair                       Joan Clevillé
Artistic Director, Dundee Rep            Executive Director             Artistic Director, Scottish Dance Theatre
Joint Chief Executive                         Joint Chief Executive

Updated 16 March 2020

Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre continue to closely monitor the situation regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and would like to reassure our customers that, in light of the latest Scottish and UK government guidance announced on Monday 16th March, we will scrupulously follow this in the best interests of our audiences, participants and our staff.

We are currently in the process of understanding and gaining more clarity on this and will have a further, more detailed update to follow tomorrow (Tuesday 17th March).

We would like to thank you for your ongoing support at this time. 

 

Updated 13 March 2020

Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre continue to closely monitor the situation regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and will respond in line with UK and Scottish Government guidance and instruction in the best interests of our audiences, participants and our staff.
 
We have implemented precautionary measures to help minimise the spread of COVID-19 and would like to reassure our customers that as an Organisation, our top priority is to ensure that we are supporting the health and well being of our customers and staff.
 
At present we do not believe guidance suggests the need to cancel our programme of activities, therefore, all performances, events, workshops, and classes are going ahead as scheduled.  We continue to monitor this situation closely.
 
We aim to be as well prepared as possible to deal with the impact of COVID-19 and would like to update you on the precautionary measures that we, as an Organisation, have put in place and will continue to monitor;
 
·       Increased and additional building-wide deep cleaning and disinfection of all areas with special attention on frequently touched objects and surfaces (e.g. door handles, hand railings and surfaces, telephones, high-volume areas including auditorium and class spaces, desks and tables).
·       Educating & training our staff on prevention with emphasis on frequent and proper handwashing, ensuring that staff, contractors, service users and visitors have access to handwashing facilities and providing alcohol-based hand rub in prominent places.
·       NHS & government information visible and available to all visitors for guidance promoting good hand-hygiene.
·       Departmental risk assessments completed and reviewed, with contingency measures being discussed and agreed.
·       Ongoing communication with visiting companies, participants, and visitors.
We are in regular contact with the local government, and our sector bodies to follow recommendations and will act promptly on any new advice.
We would like to thank you for your ongoing support at this time.
These are difficult times for many not-for-profit and charitable organisations like Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre. We hope that this statement offers a few words of comfort and reassurance.
For the latest advice and information, please visit the UK Government website.

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