Stellar Quines COVID-19 update

On the 16th March the UK Government announced new measures in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. As a result Stellar Quines have made the decision to close the office. We are gutted to have to postpone all activities for a future date, but understand the importance of doing our bit to support each other. We are still working on planned future activities.

The Quines will be working from home until further notice. Please contact us via email [@stellarquines.co.uk] if you have any questions or concerns.

Erin@: administration and finance
Jemima@: artistic programme, strategy, fundraising
Rebecca@: operations, finance, marketing
Rhea@: productions, projects and artistic development
Rosie@: Creative Learning

These are their main areas of focus to help direct your query but they will be happy to help in any of each other areas if they can, or signpost you to the right person. If you’re unsure who to get in touch with please email hello@stellarquines.co.uk

These are uncertain times for everyone and we’ve shared some resources and information below that we hope will be useful.

We encourage you to continue to connect with us and each other digitally and share acts of kindness in these challenging times. Please take care of yourselves, and each other, as best as you can.

The Quines x

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It was announced by the Scottish Government that as of 13 March anyone developing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, however mild should self-isolate for 7 days.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are recent onset of:
new continuous cough and/or
high temperature

If you have symptoms of coronavirus infection (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home and do not leave your house for 7 days from when your symptoms started.


On the 16th March the UK Government announced new measures in response to ther rising numbers of COVID-19 cases.

The key new government measures are:

  • Everyone should avoid gatherings and crowded places, such as pubs, clubs and theatres
  • Everyone should work from home if they can
  • All “unnecessary” visits to friends and relatives in care homes should cease
  • People should only use the NHS “where we really need to” – and can reduce the burden on workers by getting advice on the NHS website where possible
  • By next weekend, those with the most serious health conditions must be “largely shielded from social contact for around 12 weeks”
  • The UK is now “three weeks” behind Italy – the worst-hit country in Europe
  • If one person in any household has a persistent cough or fever, everyone living there must stay at home for 14 days
  • Those people should, if possible, avoid leaving the house “even to buy food or essentials” – but they may leave the house “for exercise and, in that case, at a safe distance from others”
  • Schools will not be closed for the moment

Chief medical adviser Prof Chris Whitty said the group of people who should take “particular care to minimise their social contact” were:

  • People over the age of 70
  • Other adults who would normally be advised to have the flu vaccine (such as those with chronic diseases)
  • Pregnant women

Full details and advice from the UK Government can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people/guidance-on-social-distancing-for-everyone-in-the-uk-and-protecting-older-people-and-vulnerable-adults

More information from the NHS: https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/coronavirus-covid-19

Coronavirus (COVID-19) helpline
If you don’t have symptoms and are looking for general information, phone the free helpline on 0800 028 2816.

The helpline is open:
Monday to Friday, 8.00am to 10.00pm
Saturday and Sunday, 8.00am to 6.00pm


Creative Scotland statement: https://www.creativescotland.com/what-we-do/latest-news/archive/2020/02/coronavirus-advice

A Guide from Craft Scotland with lots of useful links https://www.craftscotland.org/journal/article/maker-guide-to-coronavirus

A brilliant guide from Independent Arts Projects Scotland http://www.independentartsprojects.com/covid-19-impact-on-arts-workers/?fbclid=IwAR28IcgUlMZI_pt2u5FnGkpDwdx66z7BM4c4VCxpoKpIL_uo7I0gLnjBCI0

Mind: Coronavirus and your wellbeing https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/

Facebook Group: UK Theatre Industry Coronavirus https://www.facebook.com/groups/489300505097902

Skinny Article on support for artists and creatives https://www.theskinny.co.uk/music/news/coronavirus-support-for-artists-and-creatives

Small Business advice: https://findbusinesssupport.gov.scot/coronavirus-advice

Business Support Helpline:
The business helpline number is 0300 303 0660. The helpline is open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5.30pm. (Callers should select option one to speak to the COVID-19 team.)

Advice from Health Protection Scotland, including for non Healthcare settings https://www.hps.scot.nhs.uk/a-to-z-of-topics/covid-19/

ACAS advice for employers and employees https://www.acas.org.uk/coronavirus

OSCR Statement for Charities https://www.oscr.org.uk/news/charities-and-coronavirus-an-update-from-the-regulator/

Viral Kindness postcard to connect with people who are self isolating https://www.itv.com/news/2020-03-15/cornwall-woman-launches-viralkindness-postcard-to-help-people-self-isolating/

Culture Counts COVID-19 impact survey https://culturecounts.scot/news/2020/3/13/covid-19-coronoavirus-impact-survey

Advice for freelancers and self employed from IPSE https://www.ipse.co.uk/ipse-news/news-listing/coronavirus-ipse-activity-and-advice-freelancers.html

Financial advice from the Money Advice service https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/articles/coronavirus-what-it-means-for-you

Financial support advice from charity Turn2Us https://www.turn2us.org.uk/About-Us/News/Coronavirus-information-and-support

Advice for Theatre, TV and Film from Equity https://www.equity.org.uk/about/coronavirus-advice/

Statement from Independent Theatre Council https://www.itc-arts.org/blog

Statement from Federation of Scottish Theatre https://www.scottishtheatre.org/news/coronavirus-advice-and-guidance?destination=news

PiPA Homeworking Guidance: PiPA Home Working Guidance