It’s time to get back to doing what we do best, says SEC boss

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Live entertainment returns to the city’s biggest venue this weekend – after an absence of almost 18 months.

Scottish comedian Daniel Sloss is the first act to play the SEC, with two shows this Saturday at the SEC Armadillo. 

The go ahead was given after the venue applied to have the maximum indoor event capacity, currently set at 2,000, lifted.

The city council said the shows could happen with safety measures in place.

Peter Duthie is Chief ExecuKve of the SEC.

He said: “On 13 March 2020, Jimmy Carr came off stage at the SEC Armadillo and little did we know that it would be over a year and a half until we could welcome back visitors to our venues again. 

“We can’t wait to hear the sounds of laughter, music and excitement at SEC once more. 

“We are extremely proud to have played our part in the fight against COVID-19 by providing the space for both the NHS Louisa Jordan and the subsequent vaccination centre but now it’s time to get back to doing what we do best – hosting the best events in the world.” 

Face coverings will be required for attendees (unless exempt) at all times inside venues unless eating, drinking or dancing. 

SEC Glasgow.
The new facility will be based at the SEC campus in Finnieston. Photo: Google Earth

Attendees should not come to the venue if they have tested positive for COVID, are displaying symptoms or are required to self-isolate. 

Ahead of arriving, visitors are asked to take a rapid lateral flow test. 

For some events (although not the Daniel Sloss shows), attendees may be required to show their COVID or vaccination status in order to gain entry. 

Specific event conditions will be available on the event page or communicated directly via email to ticket holders. 

Debbie McWilliams, director of live nntertainment at the SEC, said: “It’s been a long wait but it’s time for live events to come back and we couldn’t be happier. 

‘We are extremely proud to have played our part in the fight against COVID-19 by providing the space for both the NHS Louisa Jordan and the subsequent vaccination centre but now it’s time to get back to doing what we do best – hosting the best events in the world’ 

Peter Duthie

“We’re putting a huge amount of work in to making sure that everyone stays safe and we’re looking forward to welcoming people back for some incredible shows.” 

Ventilation has been improved and increased in venues, drawing in fresh air as opposed to it being recirculated. 

SEC has introduced enhanced cleaning throughout the venue before, during and after events with a focus on high touch point areas. 

Visitors will now find that SEC is operating a cashless system and only accepts contactless or card payments at the box office, food & drink outlets and merchandise sales points. 

The show goes on: SEC’s Debbie McWilliams and Peter Duthie celebrate the return of live events. Photo: Martin Shields

SEC is supporting the Check in Scotland service and asks visitors to scan the QR codes on display at all entry points. 

Sanitising stations will be available throughout the venue and the SEC is encouraging visitors to sanitise their hands regularly. 


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