Queer Screen MGFF21 COVID Safety Plan

Queer Screen MGFF21 COVID Safety Plan

Queer Screen is committed to the ongoing safety of our staff, patrons and partners as we plan the upcoming Mardi Gras Film Festival (18 Feb – 4 Mar 2021).

Queer Screen will cooperate with NSW Health if contacted in relation to a positive case of COVID-19 at any of our events, and will notify SafeWork NSW on 13 10 50.

Mardi Gras Film Festival (MGFF) will screen at the following venues: Ritz Cinemas Randwick, Event Cinemas, George St,  Moonlight Cinemas (Centennial Park), Hayden Orpheum, Cremorne, Event Cinemas Hurstville, Dendy Cinemas Canberra and Mount Vic Flick, Mount Victoria.

Queer Screen will advise ticket holders at time of purchase all up-to-date COVID related information they will need (outlined below). Queer Screen’s COVID Safety plan will be available on our website, and we will link to our venue partner’s COVID Safety Plans, including all conditions of entry.

Programming and Scheduling

Please note: Wearing masks at Mardi Gras Film Festival screenings are strongly recommended*.

A portion of the program will also be available to stream online so that the program is still available to those who cannot attend due to illness, travel restrictions, or are a vulnerable person and wish to avoid gatherings.

Refunds will be provided to patrons who cannot attend an event due to COVID-19 related symptoms or illness.
In the case of a cancelled screening, patrons will be offered a credit for an online screening at MGFF21, or a physical screening in the future (to be used at any time), or a refund.

All sessions start and end times will be staggered with ample time in between sessions to ensure time to clean cinemas and to clear the cinema and foyers for the next session, and sessions will not overlap to reduce the number of people onsite.

*Exemptions for mandatory masks as per Service NSW: You are not required to wear a mask if you have a physical or mental health illness or condition, or disability, that makes wearing a mask unsuitable. For example, if you have a skin condition, an intellectual disability, autism or trauma, you are not required to wear a mask.

Venues

Each venue has implemented their own COVID Safety Plan in terms of capacity, QR scanning and cleaning.

Venues will collect name and contact details of patrons as they enter the site using QR codes.

Queer Screen will work with venue partners to reduce queues and restrict the number of partons waiting/loitering in a space.

Seated groups or individuals will be separated by 1–2 empty seats on both sides to support physical distancing and will be monitored by a venue COVID Marshall and Queer Screen staff and volunteers.

Patrons are required to wear masks at indoor venues as per NSW Government regulations. Patrons not wearing a mask will not be allowed entry and refunds will not be issued.

Hand sanitiser will be provided by the venue, as per its COVID Safety Plan.

Where Queer Screen have a ticketing box ofice set up at a venue, we will promote physical distancing with markers on the floor in areas where people are asked to queue to discourage crowding.

Where possible and with cooperation from our venue partners, we will use separate doors or rope barriers to mark the entry and exit wherever practical.

Powerhouse Museum (Queer Screen office space)

Capacity must not exceed one person per 4 square metres of office space (total 45 sqm). Total number of staff, volunteers and visitors onsite will not exceed 6 at any one time (4 people at their desks plus another two people visiting). This allows room for people to move around and keep at least 1.5m distance from colleagues.

A digital register will be kept of all staff and visitors to the Queer Screen office.

Ticketing

Queer Screen manages their own ticketing, and will not sell or allocate tickets over this capacity.

Queer Screen will promote online ticket purchasing ahead of the event.

All tickets will be checked electronically onsite. Paper tickets will not be collected from patrons, they will be scanned at point of entry.

Name and contact details of patrons will be collected at time of ticket purchase using our online ticketing platform (online and in-person) and will be kept for a period of at least 28 days.

Queer Screen will email patrons the following information to patrons ahead of the event.

  1. Conditions of entry for each venue including time foyer will open for particular sessions.
  2. Asking patrons to exclude themselves from an event if they are feeling unwell, and will ensure all attendees are aware they should only attend if they are feeling well and do not have any respiratory or COVID-19 symptoms.
  3. Information regarding refunds if unable to attend due to COVID-19 symptoms.
  4. A link to the NSW Government website to check for the current public health advice in relation to locations where people who visited are required to self-isolate.
  5. Information regarding physical distancing at the event, and spacing requirements once seated in the cinema
  6. Wearing a mask is mandatory at indoor venues.
  7. Information regarding venue COVID Safe plans including increased cleaning schedules, that hand sanitiser will be provided by the venue, and spacing requirements in theatres and foyers.
  8. Information regarding parking near all our venues to minimise crowding on public transport.
  9. Information regarding the COVIDSafe app and the benefits of the app to support contact tracing if required.

Staff and Volunteers

Name and contact details for all staff and volunteers will be kept for a period of at least 28 days.

Staff will be informed of the COVIDSafe app and the benefits of the app to support contact tracing if required.

Queer Screen will advise all staff and volunteers to exclude themselves from an event if they are feeling unwell, and will ensure all attendees and staff are aware they should only attend if they are feeling well and do not have any respiratory or COVID-19 symptoms.

A questionnaire is to be filled out by all staff prior to an event (via QR code) and will be required to maintain a 1.5m distance between each other in the office and at all venues.

Staff and volunteers will be required to wear masks while onshift at indoor venues.

Hand sanitiser and disposable masks will be provided to all staff and volunteers.

Notices about handwashing will be on display.

All staff will be advised to monitor for symptoms (as outlined by NSW Health) and will cooperate with venue staff if a patron, volunteer or staff member is asked to exclude themselves once arriving at the event.

All staff will be provided with information and training on COVID-19, including when to get tested, physical distancing and cleaning.

All staff and volunteers will be inducted into MGFF venues and will be provided with information on each COVID safety plan.

Last updated January 2021