With the recent announcement of the government’s new roadmap, “Step 2” on April 12th permits indoor leisure for use individually or within household groups. We will therefore be lifting the current booking restrictions to non-professionals and leisure on April 12th and solo drum practice will once again be available to all.
Until then, due to the national lockdown which commenced 5th January, we continue only to be open to bookings for professional use (either part-time or full-time) and we still cannot offer our services to non-professionals undertaking recreational music rehearsal for leisure purposes.
For the safety of the drumming community please help each other to minimise the risk of infection. You must wear a face mask on arriving/departing the studios but can remove it whilst drumming inside the drum booth. Remember, if you have either a high temperature or a new or continuous cough, please don’t come to the studios, stay at home. Please do notify us by email if you have fallen unwell after visiting the studios.
Try to follow the government recommended precautions whilst travelling to and from the studios and, only if reasonably possible, avoid using public transport.
Fortunately there’s already minimal direct contact with others when drumming solo at the studio. If you arrive early for your session, please wait outside to avoid unnecessary social contact in the corridor areas. Please keep a 2m distance from others and if not physically possible reduce contact time with others to the minimum possible. Remember, if you’ve booked Studio 1 or Studio 3, your session time will start 15 minutes later e.g 6.15pm, 7.15pm etc. The staggered studio times will help reduce further the amount of social contact with drummers arriving at the studios.
Guests – According to current government guidelines, a guest may accompany you in the drum rooms only if they are a member of your household or support bubble – however this restriction does not apply to music professionals taking part in performing arts activity. For more information regarding music professionals please read the available government guidance for the performing arts.
On top of the normal studio cleaning, we are regularly cleaning commonly touched “hotspots” in the communal areas such as access keypads, door handles etc. We have hand sanitiser at the entrance for use when entering & exiting – please use conservatively! Inside the drum rooms we are also supplying anti-viral disinfectant wipes to use when arriving to clean any equipment surfaces you come into contact with whilst drumming. We have also installed foot-operated bins to dispose of wipes and personal waste. Please use the wall-mounted ventilation units to air the rooms but remember to switch them off after use to minimise fire risk and leave the drum booth doors open at the end of your session. (Note: the Studio 4 ventilation system is always on so no need to do anything).
Areas to consider wiping: fan unit, snare skin, drum key, hihat clutch, snare strainer, wingnuts on stands, drum stool etc.
Please do not leave a trace when you leave!
Stay safe and happy drumming!
Thanks Nick @ London Drum Studio