Covid-19 Status and Rules

Makespace and Biomakespace will open for GENERAL ACCESS on Mon 19th July. This means group activities and events will be allowed again, and limits on room numbers will be lifted – including allowing guests.

Masks will still be required to be worn at all times.

The spaces is currently open for LIMITED ACCESS, so any individual activities plus inductions and training.

After a year of payment holidays, we’ve also be restarting membership fees to cover the space operating costs.

Here are more details of the LIMITED ACCESS covid rules:

  • DO NOT ENTER if you have been exposed to COVID-19 in the last 14 days
  • DO NOT ENTER if you have experienced COVID-19 symptoms in the last 14 days
  • Notify Makespace if you develop COVID-19 after a visit
  • Use your keyfob when entering and leaving, so we can comply with Track & Trace guidelines
  • Social distancing must be adhered to at all times
  • You must wear a face covering at all times
  • Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds, or use hand sanitizer, especially on entering and leaving Makespace
  • Clean all surfaces, equipment and PPE used during your visit
  • Doors must stay open at all times and the Mainspace extraction fan on
  • Guests are not allowed at this time
  • Makespace is now covered by 24/7 CCTV recording. If you wish to report unsafe working, inappropriate distancing or members not wearing a mask please email

We have limits on the number of people allowed in the space to help support social distancing. You can get a rough idea of the number of people in the space at any time using the Space Activity page, although we can not guarantee accuracy.

  • The maximum number of people in Makespace at any one time is limited to 22
  • The different areas also have local maximums:
    • Main room: 10
    • Workshop: 3 (Wood) + 1 (Metal)
    • Kitchen: 1
    • Craft Room: 2
    • Class Room: 4
    • Trove: 1
    • Office: 2
    • Toilets: 2
  • The maximum number of people in Biomakespace at any one time is limited to 5
  • The different areas also have local maximums:
    • Main Lab: 3
    • Middle Lab: 1
    • Dry Lab: 1

Guests are not allowed at this time

Whilst we are not able to run in-person events, please do check for community events happening online. Email if you’d like to run something.

Makespace Covid-19 Response Activities

While we were closed, Makespace and its amazing community of volunteers undertook a range of activities to help in this crisis. Here is a record of some of the Covid Response Activities members undertook during 2020.

A big thank you to all the volunteers who made our Covid Response Activities possible, and to our sponsors Arm, TTP and Amazon who helped us cover the costs – read more here.

Makespace has engaged with the relevant medical and technical teams at Addenbrooke’s hospital as well as other groups to understand how the Makespace community and facilities can offer support.

A number of projects and volunteer requests have emerged, and more will come. We encourage all Makespace members to consider participating remotely in Covid-19 related support activities. Keep an eye on the cammakespace newsgroup and the cammakespace twitter feed for news, announcements and requests.

Here are some of the bigger projects we’re working on:

Makespace Visors

A significant project that has been using Makespace facilities and a huge team of Makespace volunteers is the design and production of PPE Visors for Addenbrooke’s and other local healthcare centres.

For more information on this activity, see Makespace Visor

Makespace Mask Clips

Makespace supported Addenbrooke’s by developing, manufacturing and documenting a design for Mask Clips to help surgical masks fit better and to cope with the strain of wearing for prolonged periods.

For more information on this activity, see Makespace Mask Clips

Makespace Masks

Makespace has worked to identify a suitable barrier mask design, and is now providing kits for free to allow you to make them at home.

For more information on this activity, see Makespace Mask Kits