COVID-19 Reopening FAQs

The Place Students & Staff Reopening update

On this page, you will find the latest information about decisions regarding The Place’s activity, reopening timelines and staffing in line with government updates as they emerge. 

The Reopening group meet regularly to ensure a safe, phased and conscientious return to work process. All Directors are briefed with latest information as well, so feel free to ask them for specific questions too. 

This page was last updated on Thursday 7 January 2021 following the government guidance released on Tuesday 5 January 2021.  ​

Should I work from home or come in?  

At the moment we are still asking staff to work from home unless their job requires them to be in the building.  


Should I access the FREE Covid-19 TEST available to all LCDS students and essential staff?  

The free COVID-19 lateral flow test is still available to all LCDS and essential The Place staff on 7, 8, 9, 11 and 12 January [link]. However, as the building is closed to all staff and students with no face-to-face teaching happening until w/c 25 January at the earliest, we do not recommend you travel to take it until more details are available as to the resumption of in building activity. We expect UAL to extend the test period for all LCDS staff and students to accommodate the latest government guidance.  


Can I access the building if I want to?  

If you need to pick something up, you can arrange it with – they will make sure there is capacity in the offices and so require 48 hours' notice of any visit.  Alternatively, we can arrange for items to be posted or mail to be opened and scanned. Please avoid coming into the building unless absolutely necessary. 

If you are an essential worker who needs to come into the building, then you need to follow the following steps:   

  1. Complete your personal risk assessment 

  2. Get agreement from your Line Manager 

  1. Email Reception with the details so we can confirm if there is suitable space available for you   

Please make sure to plan and allow a few days to work through this process.   

We require you to fill in our on-line entry form before you arrive at The Place on the day of your visit, wear a mask in all public areas and use our one-way system. 

Current opening hours are 8am-9pm Monday to Thursday, 8am-8pm Fridays, Saturdays 9-4pm and 10-3pm Sundays however, this is subject to change.


What are the measures protecting staff in the building?  

The Planning Reopening Groups have put in place a comprehensive set of safety measures, including: 

  • Pre-entry questionnaire 

  • One-way system  
  • Significantly reduced capacity in studios and offices to ensure social distancing 
  • Increased cleaning  
  • Wearing masks in corridors and toilets 

We have developed a Personal Risk Assessment which all staff will complete with their Line Manager before returning to the building. This helps you think through your journey to work, the activity you’ll be delivering and the environment that you will be working in as well as any personal risk factors.  Details of the measures put in place are set out and we ask you to consider things that you could do in addition to help us keep everyone safe – it’s a shared responsibility and will only work if everyone plays their part. 


What is happening in the school?  

LCDS worked very successfully in the building during the autumn term with no transmission of cases in the building. Following the government guidance released on Wednesday 30 and Thursday 31 December 2020, all LCDS provision will be moved online until w/c 25 January 2020 at the earliest. This information will be updated accordingly.  


What is happening with CAT?

Following the latest government guidance released on Wednesday 30 and Thursday 31 December 2020, all CAT Saturday and mid-week classes will be moved online until at least Saturday 30 January 2021.  This is due to be reviewed on 18 January and we shall update accordingly.


What is happening in the public programme? 

The current plan remains for the theatre to be closed to the public until April 2021, except for a handful of ‘blended’ weekends of online events which combine one or two small-scale in-person performances.  Whislt we remain in lockdown, these events will not be open to a public audience but will shift online . The theatre bar, café and Duke’s Road entrance will remain closed.   

We have invited applications from artists interested in being part of a new cohort of Work Place associate artists, and their first intensive remains as planned  March 2021. Applications for our residency programme Choreodrome close in January for summer 21, and we continue to support the rescheduled residencies from summer 20. There will be a series of online workshops for early career makers in the spring. 

The Producing & Touring team will be working on the return to live performance with shows by Sivan Rubinstein and Requardt & Rosenberg planned for summer 2021, alongside digital co-commissions with the Wellcome Collection. The team continue to support R&D for shows planned for autumn 2021 onwards. 

Classes & Courses will be running a programme of 13 weekly online classes from January, plus Shift and Shuffle. All classes remain online lockdown restrictions are lifted.  The team are also recording a third ‘introduction to..’ course, this time focussing on South Asian dance style Kathak.  

Creative Learning will be delivering another year of work with our Partner Schools, 12 of whom have signed up for 2020/21.  The team are also developing a number of projects with community partners in the local area, responding to the restrictions that we are all living with.  


If you have any more questions, please email to keep this page as up to date with useful information you want to know about.