Covid-19 measures

Currently government guidance has relaxed on indoor activities and classes, so the measures we previously brought in are no longer being implemented at INTRA. Should this situation change with new variants of the Covid-19 virus and a return to social distancing and other measures, we are likely to return to some or all of our previous measures below.
As before however, if you or someone in your household has Covid-19 symptoms or a positive lateral flow test on the day of your class, or is recovering from recent symptoms, we ask you please not to attend. Contact us even if it is last minute and we’ll refund or book you in for another date. 
Please get in touch if you are in a group more vulnerable to coronavirus and would like to talk through your safety needs.

[FOR REFERENCE ONLY – NOT CURRENTLY IMPLEMENTED]
If you book onto a course or printmaking open access session at INTRA, we will ask you to wash your hands on arrival or use hand sanitiser. Depending on current restrictions, we may ask you to wear one of our clear face visors (or your own mask) during the class or session whenever you are likely to be closer than 2 meters to other people. Usually this means if you are sitting at your workspace away from other people on a course, or are booked onto equipment for Open Access, you won’t need to wear a mask. When you are watching a demo up close or using a press nearby to someone else, it’s likely you’ll need to cover your face for that time period. Although the legal requirement to wear masks may not be in operation at the time of your visit, we may ask people to extend this courtesy to each other while Covid-19 is still spreading.

During times of higher infection rates, we have individual trays for each person, and any tools touched are to be kept in those trays. After your session we can either leave them out of circulation for several days, or clean them. We’ll give you each a bottle of hand sanitiser and any time you touch something that has to be shared, or take an item from the supplies, we’ll ask you to use this beforehand. We’ve purchased more of the usual tools that are shared and will prep individual supplies wherever possible.

For courses, we are running small classes of up to 4 or 6 people (depending on the class) and working on tables where you can distance with more than 2m distance from each other, only coming closer for short demos in turn where this is unavoidable. INTRA doesn’t have great ventilation, the shared workspace air is something to consider for calculating the risk involved in attending courses. We do have a large space with a high ceiling at INTRA, and several rooms, so can spread people out effectively with their own work areas for prepping artwork and printing. We’ll stagger everyone’s use of shared equipment such as the exposure units, the screen booth or presses, so that you don’t need to be close to others while using these. 

If you are able to take a lateral flow test before attending a class, this will help to protect others in the class and will be much appreciated. Negative lateral flow tests are useful indicators that you are unlikely to be infectious, although they can’t guarantee that you are not infected. We may be able to offer you a test to carry out yourself on arrival. Please ask us if you would like to do this.

For open access sessions only one person will be booked into each space, apart from the large workspace at the front of our building where one person can work at either end of the room. If you need materials for your session, please let us know in advance so we can have them ready for you. The session times are planned so that cleaning can take place between users of each space.

There are paper towels for use with the sink, and you’ll have your own small towel and wet cloth to keep your hands clean, and disposable gloves to use for short time periods when coating screens, using a press etc.

The toilet is in use as normal, and as ever – please wash your hands thoroughly after using it.

Please bring your own apron as we’ve taken our shared ones out of circulation for the moment.

Food can be consumed in the space that you are working at individually but please do not eat in shared areas. Depending on current restrictions, we will provide refreshments at INTRA where possible, but you are also welcome to bring your own drinks. 

If you or someone in your household has Covid-19 symptoms on the day of your booking, or is recovering from recent symptoms, we ask you please not to attend. Contact us even if it is last minute and we’ll refund or book you in for another date. 

Although we are taking all the measures we can to improve safety and reduce risk, we can’t guarantee a completely Covid-proof environment, and especially if you are in a more vulnerable group – please think carefully before booking a course or open access session. We’d really love to see you, but really want everyone to stay well.

Please let us know if you have any questions about our Covid-19 precautions. We’re happy to answer any questions that might help you decide if using our studio is right for you.