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The team at The Market Place Theatre have been working hard behind the scenes to ensure that on your return to the venue you can enjoy a safe and relaxing visit. We are following all government and industry guidelines in order to safeguard the health and wellbeing of our visitors and team members.

Your visit will look slightly different, and we kindly request that all visitors follow new guidelines, but rest assured your welcome at The Market Place will remain as warm as ever.

Ensuring Your Safety


From 6pm on Thursday 30th September, 2021, the Northern Ireland Executive made the decision to remove the requirement to socially distance in indoor seated venues which includes The Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre.

We are delighted that we’ll be able to welcome back more of our valued audiences in the coming months. However, we are very mindful that we need to remain careful, cautious, and vigilant.


Safety Measures

Since reopening, we have had many mitigations in place including:

  • hand sanitizing stations throughout the venue
  • one-way systems to ensure social distancing
  • paperless ticketing | ticket scanning
  • enhanced and consistent cleaning regimes
  • PPE equipment supplied to workshop tutors
  • perspex screens at the Box Office counter
  • fresh air ventilation in the Main Auditorium and Studio Theatre
  • staff fully trained in safeguarding measures, and available to respond to all queries
  • reduced capacities at workshops and in exhibition spaces


These mitigations will continue. In addition, the wearing of a face covering remains a legal requirement for customers age 13+. Please also be aware that you must be seated in order to enjoy refreshments in our bar/foyer areas and that dancing is currently not permitted within the venue.


Vaccine Certification

In addition to these measures, and in accordance with governmental guidance, from Saturday 9th October, we will be requesting that anyone aged 16+ attending an activity in The Market Place provide one of the following:

Proof of being fully vaccinated (both doses received, with the second at least 14 days prior to the event you are attending, i.e. prior to 25th September 2021, or one dose in the case of 16 and 17 year olds) – this can be your Covid-19 vaccination card in conjunction with government issued photographic ID. The COVIDCert NI Passport App which you may have used for travel purposes is also permissible.

OR Proof of a negative lateral flow test taken no more than 48 prior to your arrival at the event you are attending in conjunction with government issued photographic ID – please see below

OR Proof of natural immunity from a positive NHS PCR test undertaken in the previous 30-180 days (including 10 days of self-isolation following the result) in conjunction with government issued photographic ID

We would ask that you have this information ready on arrival at The Market Place.

If you live in the Republic of Ireland, you can demonstrate your COVID-19 status using the EU Digital COVID Certificate (DCC):

How to upload a lateral flow test

If you are demonstrating your COVID-19 Status using an NHS Lateral Flow Test this should be taken within 48 hours of your arrival at the event you are attending. You can order NHS Lateral Flow Tests at .

Once you have taken your test, you will need to report your result on the NHS website at You will receive a text or email notification confirming your negative test result, to present on entry.

A positive result from an NHS Lateral Flow Test means it’s likely you had coronavirus when the test was done. You and anyone you live with must not attend the venue and self-isolate immediately. You are then advised to get a PCR test to confirm your result as soon as possible.


We’re Good To Go

‘We’re Good To Go’ is the official UK mark to signal that a tourism and hospitality business has worked hard to follow Government and industry COVID-19 guidelines and has a process in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing. In light of the processes put in place in The Market Place Theatre to ensure customer safety, we’re pleased that we have been awarded the Good To Go Standard.



Should you have any queries or suggestions on any of the measures taken, please do not hesitate to contact us at

We look forward to welcoming you back to The Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre soon.

Box Office Tel: 028 3752 1821