How we're keeping you safe

This page is regularly updated. The last update was on 4 April 2022.

Keeping you safe and healthy is our number one priority. As the covid restrictions are eased across London and the rest of the country, we will continue in our aim to offer you the most memorable and enjoyable visit. This page will be updated at regular intervals as the government amends its policies and we adapt our approach to managing our building.

Before you visit Bishopsgate Institute, whether for a live event, class, or archive tour, please familiarise yourself with our health and safety measures and procedures, as well as FAQs specific to your visit.

You can also contact us ahead of your visit if you have any other questions or concerns by emailing

Stay home if you are unwell

If you think you have any symptoms for Covid-19, test positive or are asked to isolate please do stay at home and contact the Box Office team for further information ( While once we might have soldiered on with what felt like a bad cold or mild flu, the last two years have surely taught us that it’s about more than just us. Not coming into our building when you feel unwell is as much a part of taking care of yourself as it is about thinking of others and not spreading illness.

Face masks
  • While wearing a face mask is no longer compulsory, we ask you to consider others when in our building and especially when spending time in crowded and enclosed spaces where you come into contact with people you don’t normally meet.
  • You will see many of our staff and volunteers continuing to wear face masks and we are keeping the perspex screens at our reception desks.
Cleaning procedures
  • We have always maintained a clean building and are continuing with our increased measures and frequency that were introduced at the start of the pandemic.
  • There are hand-sanitising stations available throughout the building, including at reception and all classrooms. Antiseptic wipes are also available to clean shared equipment.
Protecting you and our staff
  • We have installed perspex screening at our reception desks.
  • Until the end of March 2022 all participants to our larger dance events are required to take a free NHS lateral flow test the night before/morning of the event and log the result on the NHS website or NHS app.
Risk assessments
  • We have a rigorous system of risk assessments in place for everything we do, and these are reviewed and updated each month, taking the latest guidance and developments into account.