COVID-19 measures

Marketstall Recording is currently open for bookings, including attended recording and mixing sessions. 
We're operating within government guidelines and striving to be as close to fully COVID-secure as possible.
We've sought official advice and despite the Tier 2 restrictions in London which come into effect from midnight on Friday 17th October, the studio can and will remain open for bookings. 
That's because the studio is a private place of business where people come to work, not a public venue which hosts social events and gatherings.
Therefore it is the "Going to Work" guidance that dictates what we can and can't do, and this states "There is no limit to the group size when you are meeting or gathering for work purposes, but workplaces should be set up to meet the COVID-secure guidelines."
In order to meet those guidelines, that means:
  • Solo artists and groups of up to four people can book recording sessions. This will enable us to keep to a minimum the number of people from different households who will come into contact with each other, and maintain proper social distancing within the studio space.
  • Mixing will be carried out either remotely (i.e. without the client in attendance) or with a maximum of two other people present.
We aim to reduce the risk of transmission from person to person to an absolute minimum in the following ways:
  • Symptoms: We ask all clients not to attend sessions if they are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19. To this end we are suspending all cancellation fees - even for very short notice cancellations - if the cancellation is made on health grounds. 
  • Limited access: The only people in attendance will be clients who have made bookings. Compared to shops and other public businesses there will be far fewer people from different households using the space.
  • Personal hygiene: We have plenty of hand sanitiser on site and encourage clients to make regular use of this whilst here.
  • Face coverings: We have plenty of face coverings available for clients to wear during sessions. Although wearing a face cover is not obligatory for our clients, we encourage you to do so if comfortable, during periods of the session when it will not affect your ability to perform. 
  • Regular cleaning: between sessions with different clients we are regularly cleaning our equipment, surfaces and furniture. We're being especially careful with vocal microphones - if more than one person will be singing during the same session we will either use a different microphone for each person, or clean and disinfect one that has to be shared between uses by different people.
  • Distancing: We'll aim to maintain the recommended 2m distance between people from different households during sessions. Although this may not always be possible, closer interactions will be kept to a minimum. Most of the time during recording sessions we'll try to keep people from different households in completely separate rooms, and keep movements between rooms to a minimum. Where 2m distancing cannot be kept between members of different households we will ask clients to wear face coverings during periods when it does not affect their ability to perform, and to be vigilant about physical contact with each other and any shared equipment. 
  • Food and drink: We'll disinfect a mug and/or glass for every client to use and keep during their session. We're limiting access to shared kitchen facilities to one client per session to ensure the smallest number of people are in contact with items and surfaces in this common area.
Track & Trace: In order to comply with Government track and trace regulations we will be asking all clients to provide name and telephone contact details for the person who books the session. We will not keep this information for longer than the required 21 days.
We understand that in order to operate safely with these protocols it may mean that sessions run slower than usual, or may need to be cancelled or re-arranged at short notice. We want to make sure that the cost of this does not fall on you. 
Therefore we won't be charging for reasonable session overruns (up to max. two hours). A full day session is normally eight hours, but we'll be happy to run as long as 10 hours in order to make sure you lose as little recording or mixing time as possible to the measures we have to take to keep the studio a safe environment for all our clients.
If you have any concerns or questions about making a booking or how your session will run, please contact us and we'll be happy to discuss them with you.

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