With students now returning, the University of Liverpool’s campus is regaining its vibrancy and we can’t wait to welcome live audiences back to Victoria Gallery & Museum (VG&M) for this year’s Liverpool Literary Festival.
To prepare for the new Autumn term, University chiefs have been working hard to make this corner of Liverpool among the safest places as we all emerge from more than 18 months of restrictions, and start exploring again.
We have on-campus testing available for free, and we are even helping provide vaccines on the spot to all who require one.
The vast majority of the events at Liverpool Literary Festival 2021 will take place in the University’s iconic VG&M but to help ensure fluidity between shows, we are hosting some in the nearby Central Teaching Hub. This should significantly reduce the likelihood of crowding, as people arrive for one event and leave from another.
The venue location will also be thoroughly cleaned after each showcase in the programme.
And, although Government legislation has changed, the University is asking all visitors to wear face coverings while inside University buildings. We will have spares available in case you forget yours, and hand sanitiser will be in plentiful supply.
All of our event locations are operating at a maximum of 50% capacity for the festival, so social distancing should occur without effort. There will be staff and volunteers available throughout, to help you find an appropriate seat and ensure the spacing during the event is as safe as possible.
We will also have some windows open in the venue, to allow for free air circulation and to improve ventilation, whilst still maintaining an ambient temperature for all who attend.
Even our book signings will be covid-secure. Our friends over at Blackwell’s will have a stand set up at the festival, with works by each of our writers available for purchase.
Authors will sign behind Perspex glass for safety, with masked and gloved Blackwell’s staff passing the signed books back to customers - we’ll even have spare gloves available for anyone who requires them!
COVID- 19 Regulations on Campus
The University of Liverpool is committed to ensuring that all visitors to our campus during the covid pandemic are safe and do not present a risk to our staff and students. When on campus, we ask all visitors to adhere to the following regulations:
- COVID-19 symptoms – we ask that you do not attend an event on campus if you display any of the three main COVID-19 symptoms:
- A new or persistent cough
- A high temperature
- Loss of taste and smell.
- In addition to these common symptoms, you should also not attend an event on campus if you are suffering from any of the following (evidence now suggests that these may also indicate COVID):
- Persistent headache
- Fever and chills
- Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Face coverings - We ask that you bring your own face covering to site. You will be expected to wear a sunflower lanyard or carry a card if you cannot wear a face covering or visor.
- COVID testing – We strongly encourage anybody who is visiting site to obtain a COVID test within three days of the visit. The test result must be negative.
- Social distancing – Please adopt appropriate social distancing when in buildings.
- Keeping hands clean - There will be numerous hand sanitising stations around the building you are visiting. Please use these regularly.
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