After the outbreak of Coronavirus delivered a shock to the world, we, like many other social facilities, were asked by the Goverment to close. Naturally, we were very worried about this as we depend on regular customers to enable us to pay bills.
When it was announced that we'd be able to re-open, subject to conditions, at the beginning of July, we were determined that we had to make Shildon Railway Institute one of the safest places to meet people in town. With this in mind we are continually reviewing our safety measures and procedures to gauge and mitigate risk.
This isn't simply about complying with regulations, though they are very important, if sometimes vague and changeable. We see this as being about:
With that in mind we've followed as much guidance best practice as we can to conduct and review our Risk Assessment and provide a safe environment to come and spend time with people socially. Initial measures included:
We appreciate that some of the measures involve a little inconvenience from time to time, but firmly believe that in all our interests these things are in the best interest of all concerned.
That's not to say that we won't review things as new ideas and guidelines come to light. For example, we have made changes since re-opening such as:
All of these measures have involved contributions from and by Committee members, staff and volunteers, and we're grateful for their assistance. Throughout these difficult times, there have been some superb examples of the kind of generosity, community spiritedness and ingenuity that has served this Institute well over its one hundred and eighty-seven-year history, and which demonstrate that we are serious about being there for Shildon for the future.
(30th July 2020)