Health and Safety

Health and Safety Guidelines

GDIF 2020 safety measures

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, GDIF 2020 will be a very different experience to usual. The safety and wellbeing of everyone attending is paramount. We’ve worked hard to ensure that we can bring exciting and engaging outdoor arts to you safely – here’s what we’ve done and how you can help keep everyone safe.

GDIF staff have been working from home over the summer and adhering to social distancing rules when back in the office or on site visits. We have restructured the programme to incorporate social distancing and minimise travel on public transport. Our artists have all produced their work under safe conditions, including rehearsing in quarantine, limiting travel, and adapting shows for social distancing.

This is a new situation for us all, so whilst we have consulted and planned extensively, we are asking for your cooperation and patience at what we’re sure will be enjoyable and rewarding events.





Controlled entry to sites Respect our staff, security, and volunteers and heed their advice on distancing.
Please be prepared to queue at ingress and egress points, washing facilities, and car parks. Please be patient e.g. allowing disabled patrons to be seated or to leave first.
Limited capacities Please respect our staff security and volunteers when they are advising on capacities. If the event is ticketed, please have your ticket ready.
Installations running over extended periods of time. Plan your visit if possible at less busy times. Follow our social media updates for up to date info.
Localised pop-up performances. Walk or cycle to events if possible. Visit our What’s On page to find out where your nearest performance will be.
Hand sanitation stations and onsite toilets. Please use any and all available facilities to wash your hands with soap or use hand sanitiser as often as possible. Bring your own hand sanitiser if possible.
Staff, volunteers and audiences will be wearing masks. Please wear a face covering unless you are exempt, and do not remain close (within 2m/6ft) to staff or volunteers for more than 15 mins at a time.
Sites and sets will be cleaned and disinfected regularly, i.e. between each performance at Dancing City. As our sites are outdoors, they are less likely to contain surfaces which can transmit viruses easily. Please keep your distance from any set or props.
Artists have all adhered to lockdown, self-isolation and travel guidance. Please adhere to government and NHS guidance. If you have symptoms or have been in contact with anyone with symptoms, please self-isolate.
Ticketed events. Please do not attend a ticketed event if you have not purchased a valid ticket. If you have purchased a timed ticket, please stick to your allotted time. Please have your tickets ready for scanning.
More space given to our accessible viewing areas to protect vulnerable audience members. Please respect the use of these areas and keep your distance.
Onsite signage and announcements. Please follow any guidelines given by signage, staff, or over announcements. This may contain updated advice or emergency information.
Contactless payments available from traders and volunteers. Please use contactless payment for food and drink, merchandise, or donations.

If you feel that attending an event would be unsafe for you or anyone else, please stay at home.

If you have symptoms or further questions about coronavirus, please visit the NHS website.

View the UK Government’s latest advice on social distancing here.

During these challenging times, we must all remember to be kind, adaptable and patient. The last few months have caused  anxiety, stress, and grief for many. So whilst we’re thrilled to be able to bring the festival to you this year, please respect fellow audience members’ space, the guidelines we’re issuing, and look out for one another.


What if I start feeling ill at the festival?

If you start experiencing symptoms at an event, please go home immediately and self-isolate.

What if I can’t get there by walking or cycling?

You can take the Thames Clipper service to many of our events. The Emirates cable car also runs between North Greenwich and Royal Victoria, with one person/household per pod to ensure social distancing. You can also drive to many of the sites, although parking may be limited. We encourage you to attend the events most local to you to limit travel.

Is it safe for you to have international artists in the festival?

Our artists have rehearsed together in quarantine in line with UK Government guidelines.

Why do I have to register for a ticket? I can usually just turn up.

We are limiting audience capacities at every site for safety reasons. Registering for a timed tickets ensures that you will be able to access the event, otherwise we will have to turn people away.

If I’ve registered for a ticket, why do I need to bring it with me?

We will scan the tickets at entry points. Tickets will have QR codes on – you can present them on a smartphone, no need to print them off. This means that staff and security can ensure capacities are controlled safely and efficiently, and those who have purchased tickets will be guaranteed entry.

I am vulnerable and have been shielding – should I come?

We’re recommending that anyone who has been shielding or feels vulnerable does not attend events unless they feel totally confident that it will not put their health at risk. This applies to audiences, staff, and volunteers. There may be some shows happening very close to where you live so you won’t have to go far – we’ll be doing local  advertising so keep an eye out for flyers!

I have access needs. What extra measures are you putting in place?

We strongly recommend that you advise us of your access needs when booking a ticket, so that we can plan appropriately. We will be allowing audience members with access needs to be seated first, expanding viewing areas for social distancing, and offering free companion tickets. We’ll also be providing all of our usual access offers, including BSL, captioning, wheelchair access, and our ‘What to Expect’ guidelines. If you have any questions around access, please contact

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