How we are keeping people safe at the London Symphony Orchestra

Julian Gil Rodriguez in rehearsal wearing a mask

A number of measures have been introduced to help everyone working at the London Symphony Orchestra remain safe.

These measures are in place at the Barbican and LSO St Luke's:

  • Providing sanitising stations and access to handwashing facilities
  • Managing schedules to minimise the time that people have to be on site and travel during busy periods
  • Allocating workstations, music stands and chairs to avoid sharing and possible risk of cross-contamination
  • Masks to be worn by everyone at all times when in the venues except when eating/drinking, or when playing a woodwind or brass instrument makes it impossible
  • Disposable black masks provided for wear during performances
  • Pre-planned use of all available areas in the venues to de-densify spaces
  • Librarians wearing gloves when handling scores
  • Signage reminding people to keep a distance wherever possible, including clear directional signage and the use of one-way systems at LSO St Luke's
  • Regular cleaning with particular attention to all contact surfaces, including door handles, handrails, chairs, music stands, etc and other hard surfaces
  • Toilets regularly cleaned and disinfected
  • Running the air management system at LSO St Luke's at 100% 2 hours before, during the event and 2 hours after to ensure maximum fresh air circulation
  • No provision of refreshments backstage except for a contactless drinking water dispenser
  • Maintaining a database of contact details for anyone involved in LSO/LSO St Luke’s activity to aid the NHS Test & Trace scheme, and displaying the venue's NHS QR Code. Data kept secure and disposed of after 21 days
  • Regular COVID testing of all players and staff on site provided by partners DnaNudge

We will continue to review and manage potential risks, particularly in response to any changing guidance from the government, and will communicate such changes to our musicians and staff.

Staying COVID-19 Secure Certificate (PDF)

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We have been granted the use of Society Of London Theatre & UK Theatre's 'See It Safely' mark. The mark certifies that we are complying with the latest Government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, to ensure the safety of our staff and audiences.