Hi everyone, we thought we’d give you a quick update on what’s going on here and how we’re preparing to welcome you back to the studios. We know it’s been a crazy few months and we hope that Covid hasn’t impacted your lives too greatly.
Given the latest updates from the government, we’re asking all bands to wear masks around the communal areas of the studios and, where possible, in the rooms as well. We want to help drive down the R number in any way that we can. We’ve also put up posters with a QR code which allows you to check in via the government’s world beating track and trace app.
Follow the latest Government advice
Please remember to follow the latest advice from the government and if you do have any symptoms, do not come to the studios. We will still allow last minute cancellations due to band members becoming symptomatic on the day of rehearsals without any charge. No shows will be charged for the room as per usual.
Given the need for social distancing measures at the moment, there will need to be a maximum number of people we can safely allow into each room. Rooms 1 – 4 will be used for bands of up to 3 people. Rooms 5 & 6 will be for 4 piece bands. For bands bigger than 4 people, we’ll be using our new sister space The Engine Room, which is opposite the main studios. You can book all spaces as per usual through our booking form.
Timed Entry & Breaks
We are going to have timed entries for the bands in the evening starting at 6pm, this will be the start time for your rehearsal so that people with the 6pm arrival time would be finishing at 10pm, 6:20pm at 10:20pm and so on. Please let us know the earliest you can arrive at the studio when booking your rehearsal and you’ll be given a 20 minute window for your band to load in to your room. If you arrive late, please call the studio and wait in your car and we’ll try to get you in as quickly as possible.
We’ll also be giving each band a timed break when it’s raining, as we can only have two bands in reception at any one time. At times when it is good weather, we can have a more relaxed situation as bands can use the car park.
To begin with, we’ll be asking wherever possible for you to bring your own equipment in. We will still hire out items, but would prefer to keep this to the bare minimum. We will also be using a UV system to bathe the microphones in UV light as this has been shown to eradicate viruses within 10 minutes. We will be wiping down the rooms, all equipment and cables after every rehearsal.
Cleaning and hygiene
We will be deep cleaning the studios so that when you’re finally able to come back, everything will be good as new. We have repainted all the rooms and upgraded some. We are installing a hand sanitiser station at the entrance of the studios, so that you can clean your hands before you come in. We’re upgrading the toilets with new floor, new sinks and undercounter water boiler for hot water.
We will only be taking contactless payment or bank transfers for all bookings and will be providing payment details on all bookings going forward. If making payments via bank transfer, please use the rehearsal date and band name as reference so we can keep track of payments. We can also send invoices that can be paid online by direct debit or bank card as well.
Everything changes but you…
This is obviously a very fluid situation and things seem to be changing week to week. We will endeavour to keep up with current guidelines and will make changes where we have to. Hopefully with the R number going down in Bristol again, we will be able to get back to normal sooner rather than later but please bear with us whilst we try to get everything back up and running. We’ve really missed having bands around the place and hope to hear some of you rocking out very soon.
Charlie, Naomi, Lucy and the team x