Covid-19 Safe Reopening

Institute to re-open after changes to become Covid-19 safer for our customers.

Shildon Railway Institute - Re-opening Statement

We have implemented many new safety measures following our recent COVID-19 risk assessment. This is all due to the most recent Government Health and Safety advice and as such are subject to change.

Although we understand that it might not be the right time for everyone to return, we'd like to reassure those who will be popping in over the next few weeks.

Our number one priority is the health and safety of our customers and staff.

We are also determined to protect the club's licence so although many of the new arrangements may not suit everyone, please be assured that they have been made after much careful consideration. Therefore the 'rules' apply to everyone and we politely ask that you adhere to them or face being asked to leave.  

We also ask that you treat the bar staff and committee with extra patience and kindness as we all move forward towards a new normal. This is a whole new approach to meet the needs of a new and evolving situation.  We may not get everything absolutely right from the outset but with your patience and support we will provide you with the best service we can as safely as we can.

The first weekend Sat 4th and Sun 5th July is MEMBERS ONLY entry - please produce a valid membership card on entry

❗Social distancing must be observed at all times on club premises - inside and out

⛔ Customers must enter only by the front door (except those with low mobility who may continue to use the side door)

❗Contact details must be given at the lobby desk on each visit

✅ Hand sanitiser will be available in several places and you will be asked to use this on entry

❗A one-way system has been set up inside - follow the arrows on the floor

✅ Keep left in the corridor

✅ Seating is available in the bar, lounge and hall - customers may be directed to the main hall if the bar and lounge have reached capacity

✅ Customers may be allocated a table upon entry

❗Staff will take orders at the table - do not approach the bar(s) and do not stand around

✅ Payments by card preferable but where cash is used please have the correct change if possible

❗Use of the pool table is only allowed under strict hygiene measures outlined on the signage

✅ Please make use of the outside space - we have available upcycled small beer barrels for tables and black plastic chairs which can be wiped down before each use. You are also welcome to bring your own chairs (for outside use only)

⛔ Exit only by the side door accessed via the bar

🚫 No vaping indoors

🚫 No children under 17

🚫 No dogs

❗Hand hygiene is paramount - please practice this at all times❗

✅ Please adhere to the latest guidance covering gatherings:-

"Indoor gatherings should only be occurring in groups of up to two households (including support bubbles) while outdoor gatherings should only be occurring in groups of up to two households (or support bubbles) or a group of, at most, six people from any number of households."