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COVID-19 Update from Vitreus Art July 19th 2021


Like so many small businesses, there’s just the two of us, and right at the moment with COVID cases rising sharply, we’re acutely aware of what would happen if one of us had to isolate or got ill.

And of course, we rely on your goodwill, and on your feeling safe and looked-after when you visit us, or take part in a workshop.

We’ve known so many people badly affected by COVID – we’d hate for anyone to go through that after visiting us, or attending a workshop with us.

So we’ll be continuing to wear our visors when you’re around, and we’ll be asking all workshop participants to wear the visors we provide (which are sanitised after each use) or your own face covering if you prefer.

Any workshop attendees who aren’t prepared to wear a visor without a genuine medical exemption will be re-booked on a future date when the number of cases and R-rate are under control – whenever that might be.

We will continue to operate class groups of 5 plus tutor (or fewer), and maintain the 2m bench space and lunch area spacing for the foreseeable and will keep sanitising benches, tools and resources, and providing fresh aprons and sanitised visors for all.

We’d also ask that visitors to the gallery wear a mask or face covering when inside too.

You know that we normally avoid discussing politics in our space, but, quite bluntly, it’s far too early for the very few remaining restrictions to be relaxed, especially when case numbers are rising steeply, and when the overwhelming medical consensus is that the relaxation is going to lead to further rises in cases and the serious consequences that will follow.

It’s hugely regrettable that we can’t enforce this policy legally, and we’re sure there’re going to be some visitors who’ll refuse, but Jenny and I are pretty certain that our lovely regulars and students (that’s you!) will understand, and will want to continue to help slow the spread, and protect others by wearing a mask indoors.

Speaking for myself, as I’m far more vulnerable to viruses than most adults, the idea of ‘Freedom Day’ to me is reckless and I’m genuinely worried about what will happen – to the people I know, people I don’t, and the ability of our most valued institution, the NHS, to cope.

So, please do continue to wear a mask when visiting us – we thank you for it, and the other people around you will too we’re sure.

So far all the customers and students we’ve asked have agreed with the policy, and we’ve seen posts from hundreds of small businesses all-round the UK making the same request.

If we had to close for a period of time because one of us had to isolate, or got sick, the impact on us as a business that works hard to give others enjoyment and satisfaction would be, well let’s say, significant.

We sincerely hope you’ll understand, and agree – the inconvenience of wearing a mask for a while longer is trivial in comparison to the possible alternative outcomes for everyone and we thank you for your co-operation.


Thanks-you for reading and supporting us
All the best in these difficult and frustrating times,

Mike & Jenny

Vitreus Art is open by Appointment Only during the COVID-19 outbreak

New Policy at Vitreus Art for the duration of the COVID-19 Virus

As we are currently experiencing strange times & learning to live with the threat of the COVID-19 virus we have to consider the best way forward for our small local business.
With this in mind we have had to look at our policy for people wanting to visit the gallery and for those who are booked on to any of our classes for March and April, or beyond as required.
If we could please ask you to take a look at the below we would be most grateful, thank you.

1. Vitreus Art Gallery will be open by appointment only (this is to limit the number of people in the gallery at any one time).

2. Project Sessions will continue to be held on a one to one basis only.

3. All workshops booked for March and April are currently postponed, and future dates are being offered.

4. Commission enquires are still most welcome via email and should we need to arrange a meeting this will be arranged as and when required.

5. Viewing Art at Home – this is still available by special arrangement, please contact us directly.

We would ask you to consider the below points when considering visiting or attending a project session first:
1. If unwell, please stay away and contact us via Email should you need to.

2. If you have had contact with anybody who has been unwell, please stay away and contact us via Email if you wish.

3. If you or someone you know has travelled to any of the places listed as most affected by Public Health England (PHE), please only contact us via Email in the first instance.

4. If you are in the ‘High Risk’ category please don’t visit until the situation is clear to do so.

Whilst we love to see you all visiting the studio and gallery, the first thing we have to think about is the well-being of you all and with this in mind we have had to make some very difficult decisions.

We just hope that this will all be over soon and we can welcome you all back with open arms and get to being creative together again.
In the meantime stay creative at home whilst you can.
Keep safe and well everyone.