Statement on Plans for Reopening of the Irish Writers Centre

Statement on Plans for Reopening of the Irish Writers Centre

22 July 2020

Thank you for your support and patience throughout the last few months as our usual services have been radically changed in light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The team at the Irish Writers Centre are happy to share with you our plans for phased reopening of our beautiful building at Parnell Square. Here we outline the measures we have put in place to reopen our physical space to writers across the island of Ireland. 

We aim to ensure a safe and warm welcome to you all, whilst providing a safe workplace for our team who have been working remotely throughout the pandemic period to continue to deliver our services. I’m also delighted to say that our online remote delivery of creative writing courses piloted in March will continue, running alongside a limited number of courses we aim to host in the building when our Autumn programme commences mid-September.

This plan is outlined in accordance with the Government’s “Roadmap for Reopening Society & Business” June 4th, 2020, and aligning with Government guidance and complies with the National “Return to Work Safely Protocol” (May 2020).

This process will see a gradual re-opening of access to the Irish Writers Centre. The plan will outline a phased process of reopening, initially for staff only, then for members on an appointment basis, then for creative writing courses in person held in the building with reduced capacity. We have also provided dedicated Customer Information for you to give you more guidance on how to use our spaces for the foreseeable future. 

At time of writing, we are not currently taking bookings for book launches, external events or room bookings for Autumn 2020. Further plans for book launches, external events and room bookings will be released when progress on containing the Covid-19 virus and subsequent Government measures emerge. We will keep in touch with you all as the situation changes.

We will continue to revise these plans as we monitor the Covid-19 situation, so please do bear in mind we will make changes to this plan as necessary to ensure your safety.

We outline these plans with an emphasis on Health & Safety, social distancing requirements and increased hygiene protocols. These plans have been created to respond to the specifics of our building, a Georgian terrace house with a number of small internal rooms and limited exits and entrances. We have implemented our protocol accordingly with your safety in mind, and we would be grateful for your cooperation with these new procedures as we implement and refine these measures to best meet the needs of our IWC members, guests and staff. 

All elements of this plan are subject to change and we will at all times adhere to the Government’s measures. Please note, the social distancing guideline at the time of writing is to keep 2m apart.

We are very much looking forward to welcoming our community of writers back into IWC with caution and consideration for the health and wellbeing of all who use our spaces. If you have any questions, please check out our Re-opening FAQs or contact us on Info@writerscentre.ie

Hilary Copeland

Acting Director


IWC Reopening Plan

Phase 3: 

  • IWC building is currently open for staff access only, to prepare the building for reopening. 
  • Our staff will continue to work remotely, dividing time between remote working and office working. 

Phase 4: From 10th August 

  • Our staff will continue to work remotely, dividing time between remote working and office working.
  • This will involve staggered access and strict Health & Safety, social distancing, and hygiene protocols.
  • IWC opening hours will be 10.30am - 4pm. IWC building will be closed evenings and weekends. 

From 24th August:

  • Phased reopening of public to the building, initially to Members only.
  • Booking will open for solo members to book rooms for writing on an appointment basis.
  • All visitors to the IWC will be logged to facilitate contact tracing, as directed by the Government’s Return to Work Protocol. 
  • Open for small writers groups to meet in the IWC, subject to reduced room capacity to adhere to social distancing. Advanced booking required.
  • All bookings will be required to complete a pre-booking checklist to ensure compliance with our protocols, and an agreed approach to hygiene and social distancing.

September:

  • Prepare for commencement of public access for creative writing courses etc., limited by social distancing and subject to reduced room capacity. 
  • Online remote delivery of creative writing courses will recommence, running alongside a limited number of courses we aim to host in the building when our Autumn programme commences mid-September.

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