Safety Information

BIF 2021 is being organised with COVID-19 precautions in mind and it is likely you will notice a few differences to your experience this year.  Buxton Opera House has been in consultation with health and safety specialists RB Solutions, who have worked with theatres across the country and in the West End, to ensure we can welcome audiences safely through the doors.

Here is some more information on what additional safety measures may be in place.  Please be aware these details will be updated in line with Government announcements, and it may be that the safety measures that are in place at the time of the Festival are different from those in place at the time of booking.

  • Face coverings
  • Hand sanitiser stations
  • Enhanced cleaning
  • Extra signage
  • Booking in bubbles
  • Regular Covid-19 testing of staff, casts and crews
  • Card payments only at Buxton Opera House
  • Reduced capacity from the 8 – 18 July.  In light of the Government’s announcement of the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions on 19 July, more tickets will be available for events on and after this date.

For more information on seating and venue capacity see our FAQs.

You may also like to watch a webinar and Q&A session hosted by Pete Spriggs, chair of the Friends of BIF.  Titled Opera & COVID-19 – navigating the pandemic and where next?, it includes insights from our CEO Michael Williams as well as Emily Gottlieb, Chief Executive of the National Opera Studio and BIF Trustee.

Please be aware that, although Buxton International Festival has put preventative measures in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the risk of becoming exposed to and/or infected by the virus is still present. BIF cannot guarantee that you will not be exposed to COVID-19, and cannot accept any liability relating to this. If you have any further questions, please contact us.