Our trustees took the decision to close The Engine Room to the public ahead of government guidance to do so. The safety of those we work with - patrons, participants, partners, volunteers and staff - is paramount. This applies equally whether we are home working or delivering online activities.
We’re undertaking regular risk assessments, drawing on guidance from the government, HSE and a range of sector leaders (e.g. PACT, UCKA, SWGfL), and updating safeguarding policies and procedures to make sure that whatever space we are in - physical or digital - everyone stays safe.
Here are just a few of the things we’re doing:
* Protecting people at higher risk by prioritising homeworking - currently all staff are home working
* Minimising travel, avoiding public transport, and establishing clear protocols for staff or freelance crew/artists if they are working in public spaces, including wearing masks and using infra-red thermometers as well as hand washing and social distancing.
* Maintaining and assessing the building for re-opening when it is safe to do so
* Ensuring security steps are in place when using online platforms including passwords, monitoring chat etc
We continue working to ensure that we’re as accessible and inclusive in what we do as when we’re in the physical space:
* Working to raise funds to enable those without internet or technology to access the online space
* Loaning out equipment not in use to those in need
* Providing support for disabled artists to access online activities
* Reviewing accessibility on our website
* Fundraising for artist collaborations to respond creatively to the current situation.
We’ll keep you updated on the decisions we’re taking and plan to involve you to inform further steps.