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OTG Covid-19 Update

Good evening,

Unfortunately, tonight's blog is a deviation from the usual fun and games for an update on the current developing situation at Off the Ground Theatre in relation to the Covid-19 virus.

As a number of our youth theatre parents were notified yesterday, a couple of our tutors have been in close contact with people with suspected cases of the virus over the weekend. As of Friday, one tutor began showing symptoms and is in self-isolation. His symptoms are mild, however, and so there should be no further cause for concern. Of course we all wish him the speediest recovery possible, and we will be taking all relevant measures to ensure the spread of the virus is limited within the company and beyond.

Having liaised with parents of the students involved in our upcoming production of Wind in the Willows, the decision has been made to postpone the show until such a time that we can guarantee the welfare and health of our students - this remains our absolute priority, as always. We will be contacting all current ticket holders in the coming days to discuss options.

We are currently in discussion as to whether and when our youth theatre sessions can resume normal service. Tomorrow's Monday youth theatre session is also cancelled. Please continue to check this page for further updates, along with our social media channels.

We will continue to operate in the best interests of our students and staff, along with current government guidelines and advice. We ask for your patience throughout this period while decisions are being made. More information will be posted here and emailed to parents where appropriate, as it becomes available.

On another note, it is easy in these situations to be drawn into a state of panic or unnecessary worry. Please continue to keep a level head and question all sources of information, as there are plenty of people spreading sensationalist nonsense in lieu of facts. Unless you or your relatives have underlying health conditions or fall into the high-risk categories for the virus, keep in mind that while all sensible precautions are important, it is extremely likely that the majority of us that contract the virus will make a full recovery with no lasting effects.

Follow the national advice. Be sensible. Wash your hands.

Thanks for the continued support, more information soon.


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