So, the government have finally confirmed that live music and importantly, full capacity can return to cultural spaces from July 19th! While this is incredible and very welcome news, Covid has not gone away and we wanted to let you all know of some extraordinary measures we are taking to make sure everyone has a safe evening if you are visiting us here at Esquires. The safety of our staff, artists, crew and the people visiting us as customers is of utmost importance. The changes made to how we operate will only be successful if we have help from the live music community and the people that come to events here. Please read the below…

Six ways to enjoy a safe visit to Esquires…

1. Under no circumstances, if you are showing any Covid symptoms should you be even thinking of going to a show, similarly if you believe you have been in close contact with someone with Covid. If you are suffering from Covid symptoms or fear you may be an infection risk and therefore shouldn’t attend, we will offer you a refund on your ticket.

2. Before coming to one of our events, 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
-Registering that you are immune (because of previous infection)
To be clear; we don’t believe that we should operate a policy of excluding you from our venue because you haven’t done those things. We will not be operating a certification or passport model to enter our shows. There are lots of reasons to not do this, not least the large numbers of people who have not had the opportunity for both vaccines and vulnerable people who cannot be vaccinated. But you, personally, can make sure you aren’t adding to anyone’s risk by keeping your record of immunity up to date, getting vaccinated when you are able and taking a free lateral flow test before you come. No one is forcing you to do this. We are just asking you to be kind and thoughtful and do it for the safety of everyone else and for our staff.

3. Our staff are going to continue to wear masks during our events. We also encourage our customers to continue to wear a mask when it is appropriate or if you are able to do so, however we will not be enforcing this or making it a term of entry. We believe masks work to help stop transmission, but at the same time believe it is your choice to do so (or not). Don’t be a dick and chastise other people about their own choices.

4. During our long closure, you will have seen that as part of our improvements, we have installed a brand new, high spec air-conditioning system onto our main stage. This system is powerful enough to change the air within the room 11 times per hour, or once every five and a half minutes or so. The guidance for air changes in spaces is deemed ‘excellent’ at 6 times per hour and has been a scientifically proven method of reducing airborne pathogens. We also have fresh air fans installed into both external walls and will be opening the doors between performances to aid this further.

5. Anyone who has visited us in the last couple of months will already know that we have made many improvements, including brand new toilet facilities throughout. We will be employing extra staff to keep the venue and surfaces clean throughout our events and we will be deep cleaning all rooms after every single evening, using contact cleaning solutions which reduce the risk of contact infections. There will be additional sanitising units around the building, 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.

6. We strongly encourage you to use contactless/cards if you are able to do so and limit cash to buying tickets at the venue. Again, we won’t be enforcing this, but would like to keep as few contacts as we can.

That’s pretty much it folks, thank you for reading. Most of all, please just be mindful of other people over the next few months while we all get used to it again. Some people will be raring to go, others will still be nervous, let’s look out for each other as a community. Respect yourself and other people and let’s all play our part in enjoying live music once again – we can’t wait to see you.