Health and Safety

“To have achieved this during COVID is nothing short of amazing”

“Absolutely blown away by the experience as it was my first audience experience since lockdown. It was also well organised especially with consideration to health and safety and myself with my mobility challenges.”

“Great to feel like London was normal again while attending these events”

– GDIF 2020 audience members



Health and Safety Guidelines

GDIF 2020 safety measures

The safety and wellbeing of everyone attending GDIF 2020 was paramount. We worked hard to ensure that we can bring exciting and engaging outdoor arts to you safely. We would like to thank our audiences for adhering so respectfully to the guidelines and safety measures implemented at this year’s festival.

FESTIVAL.ORG worked closely with Blue Yonder Events Ltd: Winner of Best Health & Safety Supplier to the UK Festival Industry 2020.

Ken Rankin, Director of Blue Yonder Events, said:

“I understand events and artistic endeavour with a keen interest in public health and safety. I have enjoyed working with GDIF for several years, and assisting in refining plans to support GDIF going ahead in 2020. I look forward to our continued working relationship.”

BSL Interpreted Safety and Ticketing Information





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.

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