We are taking steps to ensure the Festival of Quilts is as safe as possible given the ongoing situation with the pandemic. The show will be spread across four halls instead of three to ensure wide aisles and plenty of space to get around. There are already plans for longer opening hours, staggered start times to reduce crowding, enhanced cleaning processes and more.

Social distancing and safety measures at our events due in response to COVID-19

Your safety is paramount. 

We are taking steps to ensure The Festival of Quilts is as safe as possible given the ongoing situation with the pandemic. 

We want you to have a great day out, enjoying your visit with confidence knowing we have the safety of our visitors, exhibitors and staff as our highest priority.

We plan to operate under the industry’s All Secure Standard – a comprehensive set of guidelines to ensure that our events are operating under COVID secure measures. 

The following precautions will be taken to give you peace of mind:

Last updated 1st March 2021. Please note these are subject to change in accordance with Government guidelines. 

How we will keep you safe:

  • We will be using four halls of the NEC (rather than the usual three), which allows us to spread out and ensure significantly more space and less crowding. 
  • We will be limiting the overall number of visitors and exhibitors in attendance at our events and asking people to identify their preferred arrival time when they book tickets to manage the number of people within the event and to ensure a comfortable environment for all
  • We have increased the aisle widths and the distance between exhibition stands to make it easier to navigate around the event whilst maintaining appropriate social distancing
  • We have created larger workshop, gallery and theatre spaces, with limited numbers to ensure participants can maintain an appropriate distance from each other
  • There will be separate entry and exit points as needed
  • There will be frequent and enhanced cleaning of public areas, toilets and touch points around the venue
  • Queues will be closely managed to avoid congestion
  • At some venues there will be temperature checking technology will be in place. If visitors to the venue are exhibiting a temperature of 38.0 C or above, they will be given the opportunity to wait outside for 10 mins before being re-tested. If a high temperature reading is given a second time they will respectfully be asked to leave
  • Face coverings will be mandatory for all based on Government guidance (unless exempt)
  • Our aim is to provide a Covid secure environment for all visitors that is compliant with Government guidance. There is signage installed at all venue entrances to remind visitors to wear a face covering, with staff on hand to reinforce this. We recognise that there are circumstances preventing people from wearing a face covering and, being mindful and respectful of this, staff will not challenge or ask for evidence from visitors who advise that they cannot wear a face covering.
  • Hand sanitiser and/or hand washing facilities will be provided throughout the venue and we encourage all visitors and exhibitors to regularly utilise them
  • Contactless payment will be encouraged (along with contactless ticket scanning)
  • Exhibiting companies will be asked to undertake an enhanced risk assessment to ensure they are COVID-19 secure in line with government guidance
  • It’s vital that we all follow the guidance outlined in order to protect ourselves and those around us. We ask you to therefore follow the government advice in relation to symptoms and isolation and do not come to an event if you feel at all unwell. Do not leave home if you or someone you live with has any of the following symptoms:
      • a high temperature
      • a new, continuous cough
      • a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste Anyone in a high-risk category should refer to the Government guidance before deciding to travel
  • If you are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, we will respectfully ask you to leave
  • As any guideline or regulation changes this list will be updated and the most recent details added

How you can help

  • Wherever possible, ensure you follow public health guidelines whilst in public
  • Practise appropriate social distancing from fellow visitors, exhibitors and staff wherever possible
  • Use the hand-sanitiser and/or wash hands regularly throughout your visit
  • Please do not visit if you are displaying any symptoms of COVID-19
  • We are awaiting confirmation about cloakroom facilities, but suggest that you avoid bringing large bags or excess oversized carry items as you may be required to keep them on your person
  • To ensure we practise appropriate social distancing there may be increased waiting times and queuing throughout various aspects of your visit. We ask you to be as patient as possible

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