We are absolutely delighted to continue welcoming visitors back to OVADA since 21 May 2021 onwards and issued a joint statement with Oxford’s Cultural Partnership;

Oxford’s culture venues to continue to encourage mask wearing after 19 July

Members of Oxford’s Cultural Partnership will be asking audiences to continue to wear masks after 19 July to help protect staff, volunteers and audiences.

The government has announced that from Monday 19 July people will need to take personal responsibility for minimising the spread of COVID-19 by actions such as wearing a mask.

Businesses are able to make their own decisions about whether they will require mask wearing on their premises.

Cultural venues including theatres, museums and event spaces are asking all audience members to wear a face covering whenever possible. Wearing a face covering protects other people, and for these venues is a key way to ensure their staff and volunteers stay healthy and don’t need to isolate.

In a collective statement, the Oxford Cultural Partnership said:

“We encourage our visitors to continue wearing masks and to practice social distancing so that we can all feel safe and protected.

“Hand sanitisers will be available in our venues and we trust that our visitors will make considered decisions in the interest of themselves and everyone around them and make use of the NHS check in app.”

“With a sizable number of staff, performers and volunteers, and indeed the public, not yet fully vaccinated we see this as an important step to protecting everyone involved in creating culture in Oxford, and kindly request that visitors remain considerate during this time.”

Councillor Mary Clarkson, Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure, said:

“All of Oxford’s cultural partners made this decision together, out of concern for their staff and audiences. The message from the government is clear that we all still need to be cautious, and masks are recommended in crowded spaces. Please enjoy Oxford’s events, performances and exhibitions safely by wearing a mask to protect each other.”

At OVADA, to ensure that the safety and wellbeing of all building users is prioritised, we will be continually review and adapt according to Government safety directives to ensure that our building remains Covid Secure. It is vitally important that all visitors to OVADA follow the Visitor Health and Safety guidelines below:

  • Upon entry you and all other members of your group (aged 16 or over) should ‘check-in’ to OVADA using the NHS Covid-19 App or sign-in with your name and contact number on the sheet provided. Visitor records are kept for 21 days (after which they will be destroyed) and data will be provided to ‘NHS Test and Trace’ if requested, in line with GDPR. 
  • Hand sanitiser dispensers are stationed throughout OVADA and visitors are asked to sanitise their hands upon entering the building.
  • We have increased the frequency of cleaning at OVADA and the main space will be ventilated during exhibitions.
  • We respectfully remind visitors accompanied by children that they are responsible for supervising them at all times and should follow social distancing guidelines.
  • Check our latest opening hours prior to visiting as they may be subject to change at short notice.
  • Do not visit OVADA if you or your household are self-isolating or have any symptoms of Coronavirus, however mild.
  • We thank you for your cooperation. Following these guidelines will ensure that all visitors will be able to safely enjoy their time at OVADA. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns, especially if you require any adjustments to be made during your visit.

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In the meantime, take care and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Latest update: 03 August 2021