Skedda allows you to create buffer rules to enforce "gaps" or "breaks" between successive bookings. Such gaps are often necessary for teardown, cleanup, setup and/or changeover reasons (for example, a room or studio that staff need to "reset" after each use).

Buffer rules can be created by the venue owner in the Settings => Buffer Time section. This feature is part of the Skedda Pro Pack.

Rules can vary by space, and each rule can have a different buffer duration. Here's an example of an owner creating one rule to enforce a 30-minute buffer around bookings for Studio 1, and another rule to enforce a one-hour buffer around bookings for Studio 2:

Non-admin users who make self-service bookings are then required to respect these rules. Here's an example showing a user that is exploring the options for making a booking in either Studio 1 or Studio 2. Skedda clearly shows the buffer periods around the existing bookings and displays an informative error if the user tries to violate them.

Note that admins can still book over the top of a buffer period if they wish (i.e. admins will see the buffers but they're not strictly required to respect them).

Additional notes for specific cases:

  • If you create multiple "conflicting" buffer rules for same space, the maximum of those rules will be used. For example, if you create one rule "For Studio 1, enforce a buffer of 1hr between bookings" and another rule "For Studio 1, enforce a buffer of 2hr between bookings", then the 2hr rule will be used. In general we recommend to avoid creating multiple buffer rules for a space (to avoid confusion when you read your rules!).

  • Spaces that are connected via the space-sharing feature will have any buffers propagated through the same connections. For example, if you have a Basketball Court that is "split" into two Badminton Courts (as explained in the space-sharing doc) and you create a 2hr buffer rule for the Basketball Court and create a booking for it, the Badminton Courts will be unavailable at that time with the same 2hr buffer.

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