Updated 9 August 

Summer at Breinton COVID-Secure Protocol

By attending one of our recitals, guests agree to the following COVID-Secure Protocols:

  • Guests must not attend any of our events if they are showing any symptoms of COVID-19, nor if they have been advised to self-isolate following contact with someone with symptoms
  • Guest social distancing:  please follow government guidance at all times while attending this event
  • Household bubbles:  guest should sit in groups according to their household; you should not sit with or mix with other household groups unless at social distance
  • Do not share chairs and other items, including our recital chairs, between household bubbles
  • There will be no refreshments; guests are welcome and encouraged to bring your own
  • All rubbish must be taken away with you at the end of the recitals
  • Toilets:
    • Guests are requested to avoid the use of toilets to the extent possible
    • A bathroom will be made available above the garage
    • Individual hand flannels will be provided
    • Please use the wipes provided to clean any surfaces or spills
    • Hand soap and hand sanitiser will be available.
  • The use of face masks or coverings is strongly encouraged, particularly when arriving, moving about the venue, or departing
  • No guests will be permitted to enter the house at any time
  • The names and contact details of all guests will be stored and made available to NHS Track and Trace, if required.

Government Guidance

Our events are conditional on government regulations on public events.  

On 9 July, Oliver Dowden, minister for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, announced that "performing arts given green light to resume outdoors".  Excerpts from the announcement and guidelines include:

  • "Performing arts can now take place outdoors from 11 July with a socially distanced audience present, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden announced today.  This means that outdoor theatres, opera, dance and music can resume from Saturday so long as they take place outside and with a limited and socially distanced audience."
  • "The guidance makes clear that the following measures should be considered to allow for safe resumption of performances:

    • A reduction in venue capacity and limited ticket sales to ensure social distancing can be maintained
    • All tickets must be purchased online and venues are encouraged to move towards e-ticketing for help with track and trace
    • Venues should have clearly communicated social distancing marking in place in areas where queues form and adopt a limited entry approach
    • Performers, conductors, musicians must observe social distancing wherever possible."

Further guidance published by the government includes:

  • Businesses and venues following COVID-19 Secure guidelines can host larger groups. This is also the case for events in public outdoor spaces that are organised by businesses, charitable or political organisations, and public bodies, provided they take reasonable steps to mitigate the risk of transmission, in line with COVID-19 Secure guidance and including completion of a risk assessment
  • That all employers and organisation carry out a COVID-19 risk assessment
  • To reduce risk to the lowest reasonably practicable level by taking preventative measures, in order of priority
  • To maintain social distancing wherever possible in performing arts environments
  • Limiting singing in groups or in front of audiences to professionals only (i.e. for work purposes only)
  • Limiting wind and brass playing in groups or in front of audiences to professionals (i.e. for work purposes only)
  • Identifying any roles that interact with audience and manage transmission risk appropriately
  • Managing family groups who may wish to remain closer than the required social distance but who, in doing so, may encourage others to cluster in a similar manner. Communication is key to this.
  • Where items are offered for customer use, so for example a picnic blanket or seating, this should be done only where they can be collected from an appropriate distance and with hygiene measures in place (for example, through the availability of hand sanitiser). Such items should be thoroughly cleaned before being offered for re-use.
  • Planning car parking to allow sufficient spacing for the social distancing of occupants. This will be particularly important at events where attendees may gather around their vehicles during an event or make frequent visits to their vehicles to collect chairs, coats, drinks etc.
  • People with symptoms of COVID-19, or who have been advised to self-isolate following contact with someone with symptoms of COVID-19, should be asked not to attend.
  • The expected interactions among participants occurring during the event and implementing sufficient controls to ensure social distancing is maintained.
  • Discouraging or avoiding activities or features that are likely to encourage audience behaviours increasing transmission risk, such as crowding, clustering, communal dancing and physical contact outside of household groups or support bubbles.
  • Public toilets, portable toilets and toilets inside premises should be kept open and carefully managed to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19.

Risk Assessment

We have performed a risk assessment of all aspects of these events and continue to update this on a regular and as needed basis.  Copies are available on request.

Liability Waiver

Breinton Recital Society has put in place preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19; however, the Society cannot guarantee that you or your guests will not become infected with COVID-19. Further, attending our events could increase your risk of contracting COVID-19. 

By attending our events, you acknowledge the contagious nature of COVID-19 and voluntarily assume the risk that you may be exposed to or infected by COVID-19 by attending and that such exposure or infection may result in personal injury, illness, permanent disability, and death. You understand that the risk of becoming exposed to or infected by COVID-19 may result from the actions, omissions, or negligence of yourself and others, including, but not limited to, Society volunteers, musicians, and event participants and their families.

You voluntarily agree to assume all of the foregoing risks and accept sole responsibility for any injury to yourself (including, but not limited to, personal injury, disability, and death), illness, damage, loss, claim, liability, or expense, of any kind, that you may experience or incur in connection with your attendance at the event. You agree to release, covenant not to sue, discharge, and hold harmless the Society, its volunteers, musicians, agents, and representatives, of and from the Claims, including all liabilities, claims, actions, damages, costs or expenses of any kind arising out of or relating thereto. You understand and agree that this release includes any Claims based on the actions, omissions, or negligence of the Society, its volunteers, musicians, agents, and representatives, whether a COVID-19 infection occurs before, during, or after participation in any event.

For the purposes of this event, the Smith-Gordon family are considered volunteers and or agents of Breinton Recital Society and the house and grounds are facilities rented by the Society.  The event is organised by Breinton Recital Society not the Smith-Gordon family, who have no responsibility for the event nor for your attendance at the event.


Parking is at your own risk.  Breinton Recital Society accepts no responsibility for the safety of the driver or your passengers, nor for the security of your vehicle or its contents.