As a “Community Theater,” the COMMUNITY comes first…
RLT Covid-19 Safety Protocols
MASKS & VACCINATIONS ARE RECOMMENDED.
Live theatre means large gatherings of people sitting in close quarters for long periods of time – so we continue to encourage vaccinations and masks, but we will no longer be enforcing these requirements unless the county is listed as “VERY HIGH” or “SEVERE” on the Truckee Meadows Covid risk meter at covidriskmeter.org. We want to keep our artists and audience members as safe as we possibly can and thank you for helping us do so. We will update this page and contact patrons with changes to our Covid Safety Measures as they happen.
How COVID-19 Spreads
COVID-19 spreads from person to person mainly through the air when an infected person breathes, coughs, or sneezes and another person breathes in their germs. It may be spread by those without symptoms. The CDC says that, in general, the more closely a person interacts with others and the longer that interaction, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spread.
If you have been exposed to COVID-19 or if you have tested positive or have symptoms of COVID-19, please follow the recommendations for quarantine and isolation HERE.
RLT volunteers, artists, crew, and students who have been exposed to COVID-19 or tested positive or have symptoms should alert RLT Staff who will notify the appropriate people of their own possible exposures.
If you have questions about the appropriate steps to take, please contact Melissa@renolittletheater.org for assistance.
The CDC defines close contact as including the following:
- You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more
- You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19
- You had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them)
- You shared eating or drinking utensils
- They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you
Secondary contact (contact with someone who has had contact with a suspected or confirmed case) does not trigger a quarantine, site closure, or other institutional-level responses. Instead, individuals who have had secondary or tertiary contact should self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms, wear a face covering, and continue to practice social distancing. In the event that a person with secondary contact begins to experience COVID-19 symptoms, they should immediately notify the theater, quarantine, and present a negative Covid test before returning to RLT.
Education Program Protocols
- We recommend that all students 5+ be fully vaccinated to participate in Education Program activities.
- Participants will be subject to a temperature screening each day before entering the facilities. Any student with a fever of 100.0 or higher will not be admitted. A negative COVID test will be needed before re-entry.
- Camps & Classes will be limited to 20 students.
- Wearing masks is recommended, but not required.
- If a student exhibits symptoms (fever, dry cough, difficulty breathing) they will be separated from the group until they are able to be picked up by a parent or listed emergency contact.
- If a student experiences COVID-19 symptoms while at class, the student will be immediately quarantined and caregivers will be notified to pick up the student. If a staff member or teaching artist experiences COVID-19 symptoms while at camp, they will be immediately sent home. If a staff member, teacher, or student tests positive, staff will contact the Washoe County Health Department to help determine whether other students need to quarantine or if the class will move to a virtual format. All families who have had contact with the individual will be notified by RLT staff.
- If a vaccinated student or staff member is identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, they must get tested 3-5 days after their exposure, even if they don’t have symptoms. They may return to program activities following a negative test result.
- Hand sanitizer will be available at all times.
- Bathrooms will be cleaned regularly.
- Social distancing will be maintained during meal times.
- Refusal to abide by any of our safety protocols and procedures could result in removal from the facilities without a refund.
- Items students are allowed to bring into the building will be limited. Allowable items include reusable water bottles (suggested), coats, and lunches. All items must be clean. Personal items must be labeled with the student’s name.
- Parents or persons designated to pick up will need to be on the Approved Pick-Up list and present an ID in order for their child to be released to them.
- Parents will be asked to provide an extended list of emergency contacts that are able to pick the student up in case of any emergency.
- Classroom rules will be posted.
- Students will remain masked at all times.
- Students will sanitize their hands before entering the classroom or theater space.
- Posted classroom rules will indicate that students should cough or sneeze into their upper arm.
- Cubbies will be provided & each student should use their assigned cubby for the entirety of their program.
- Students will be asked to wash their hands before and after mealtimes.
- Tables will be sanitized before and after meals.
- Trash will be thrown away after meals.
- Students will be asked to bring a refillable water bottle.
- Staff will help fill up water bottles/cups with the water dispenser in the classroom.
- One student in the bathroom at a time.
- Staff members will sanitize the bathroom after large group bathroom break times.