The club commmittee met recebntly to discuss a schedule for reopening the club. Our thinking was been informed principly by four factors:
- the continuing very high infection rate in Bolton,
- the interior layout of 16 Wood St
- the age groups into which many of our volunteers fall
- a need to manage numbers and protocols inside the building
Despite the positive impact of the vaccination programme many people are still vulnerable and we are resolved to remain cautious in our approach. Many of us have seen the devastating effect of Covid and we take the view that one unnecessary infection is one too many. We have therefore decided to act as follows:
- As from this month the club will open for meetings of trade union and political groups only, under strict Covid secure conditions.
- Meetings will be restricted to a maximum of 15 people.
- On entering the building masks should be worn while signing in, sanitising hands.
- Meetings will take place in the upstairs room where chairs arranged in a socially distanced format. Once seated masks may be removed.
- When the meeting has finished chairs are to be wiped over with the sanitised cloths provided.
- Masks should be worn when exiting the building
- The bar will not be open.
The next phase of opening, dependent on the first phase having a successful outcome, will involve regular groups such as Wood St Writers and the Choir back to the club, possibly in September.
In October we have our first public event scheduled, though this is contigent on both earlier phases of reopening concluding safely, and may in any case have a reduced audience.
We are very much looking forward to resuming our normal activities and hope that it's not too long before we're able to do so. In the meantime please bear with us in our endeavours to keep all our members and supporters safe.