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Friday 14th August, 2020
How the Barbican has gotten COVID-ready
The Barbican Centre is the largest arts and culture centre in Europe. So it's no surprise they also offer some of the most creative and inspiring spaces for events in the City.
How has the Barbican adapted to be 'COVID-ready'?
They’ve updated their signage, installed hand sanitiser stations at all entrances, and inputted one-way flow systems to make sure social distancing inside the Barbican is as easy as possible. They will also be introducing reduced capacities and carefully planned room-layouts for all business event spaces. Their menus have been updated to incorporate wholesome, tasty, grab and go food. Most importantly, they still have the same dedicated Sales, Events and Front of House team and the same iconic venue!
Are they COVID-ready now? What, if anything, is left to arrange?
With their Conservatory and Art Gallery having re-opened in mid-July and the Curve gallery open from Tuesday 11th August, they've already welcomed the public back to the Barbican. They are now able to host site visits for Business Event clients and look forward to the government outlined date of Thursday 1st October when events can begin again. They also have several couples looking forward to getting married in the Conservatory this year and the team are busy planning adapted ceremonies for them.
Have they achieved the mia's AIM Secure accreditation?
They were awarded AIM secure status at the beginning of July. The accreditation demonstrates their high-quality meeting and event facilities and their commitment to hygiene, compliance with legislation and excellent service standards.
What is their solution to catering at future events?
Searcys, our in-house caterers, have been busy adapting and developing menus for grab and go food services. Individual portions will be provided, tea and coffee will be safely served to guests and shared refreshments stations will be removed. Significantly, we keep sustainability at the heart of everything we do at the Barbican and we will continue to ensure that no single-use plastic is used for our updated menus.
The tables and chairs will be regularly cleaned and wiped down during catering breaks and trained staff will be on hand to serve food safely, ensure cleanliness at all times, and most importantly answer any questions you might have.
What have they put in place to make post-COVID events a little friendlier?
They understand that COVID-19 has meant a challenging time, with a great deal of uncertainty for many of us. They have therefore done everything they can to ensure the Barbican remains a friendly and welcoming space, suitable for all, whether you are hosting a business event or simply visiting their free-to-access Conservatory or Curve gallery. Our friendly Barbican staff are always happy to help and aim to make you feel comfortable from the moment you walk through our doors.
What do they think is the most important thing in ensuring their events are 'COVID-ready'?
Social distancing might mean a limit to delegate numbers attending your events on-site. They’ve adapted spaces to allow for comfortable distancing and plenty of space for attendees. They also offer hybrid event solutions to give delegates the option of enjoying the event from the comfort of their own home! They offer live streaming services with interactive features so anyone watching from home can really feel involved in your event.