As a “Community Theater,” the COMMUNITY comes first…
RLT Covid-19 Safety Protocols
Updated September 2, 2021
MASKS ARE REQUIRED. In accordance with the Governor’s Emergency Directive 047, performers will not be masked on stage; however, all others must wear a mask unless actively eating or drinking, regardless of vaccination status.
PATRONS MUST BE FULLY VACCINATED with an FDA or WHO authorized vaccine in order to attend a show and must show proof of vaccination at their time of entry into the theatre with their valid ticket.
In addition to proof of vaccination, all guests 18 years or older must also present a government or school-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license or passport.
“Fully vaccinated” means the performance date you are attending must be:
- at least 14 days after your second dose of an FDA or WHO authorized two dose COVID-19 vaccine, or
- at least 14 days after your single dose of an FDA or WHO authorized single dose COVID-19 vaccine.
The only exception to the above will be for guests under the age of 12, or those who need reasonable accommodations due to a medical condition. Guests requesting an exemption must provide proof of at least one of the following, in addition to properly wearing a mask inside the building:
- negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 48 hours of the performance, or
- negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test taken within 6 hours of the performance.
Guests may present proof of vaccination or a negative test on paper or a smartphone.
Entry will be denied for guests who do not provide the documentation as required above.
How COVID-19 Spreads
COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly through close contact from person-to-person and 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 an unvaccinated person is identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, that person must quarantine for 14 days.
Fully vaccinated people should 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. They must wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until their test result is negative.
Contact Versus Close Contact
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.
- We ask anyone who has been experiencing symptoms of illness (including, but not limited to: coughing, runny nose, fever) to STAY HOME.
- All events will be Reserved Seat ticketing.
- We will offer flexible exchange and refund policies for illness.
- Maximum capacity for any event will be dependent upon Washoe County Health Department rules. RLT may decide to reduce capacity for events as desired and based on production needs.
- Front of House compliance will be overseen by the Operations Manager and/or Executive Director.
- RLT will maintain a supply of masks, disinfectant wipes, and hand sanitizer.
- Management of scheduling will be done on the RLT Spaces Google Calendar. No event will take place without approval from the Executive Director.
- These plans will be regularly reviewed and updated by the Health & Safety Committee, Executive Director, and RLT Board.
Partner Events & Rentals
- All partner events and rentals must abide by RLT safety protocols. Partners/renters will also be required to submit a copy of their written event plans for approval on a case-by-case basis. This information should include information on the number of people working on a project (and in what capacity), the spaces that will be required for the project, and their own company safety protocols.
- An RLT staff member will be onsite for all partner events & rentals to ensure that any safety protocols are being enforced.
- Partner events & rentals will be encouraged to use RLT staff/trained volunteers for box office, concessions, and stage management to ensure adherence to RLT procedures.
- We will continue the use of virtual meetings as needed.
- All meetings will have an option for people to attend virtually.
- Masks are required for all meetings onsite.
- Artists/crew members & volunteers must be fully vaccinated to participate in a production.
- Masks are required for all rehearsals.
- Anyone showing symptoms of illness will be asked not to attend rehearsals or performances.
- Through the remainder of 2021, we will limit cast sizes to under 10 for Mainstage Productions.
- Rehearsals will be scheduled to include only the necessary cast/crew members.
- Cast/Crew will be asked to sanitize/wash their hands when they arrive on site. Hand sanitizer will be provided.
- High touch props and set surfaces will be cleaned between use.
- Frequent hand washing will be encouraged for all cast, crew, and volunteers.
- Production compliance will be overseen by the Stage Manager on duty.
Camps & Classes
- Camps & Classes will be limited to 15 students.
- Students and staff are required to wear masks with the exception of eating, drinking, and designated outdoor “mask break” times. Face shields can be worn in addition to a mask, but cannot replace a mask. Disposable masks will be provided to any student if for any reason they do not have their own or need a replacement. We require masks that follow CDC guidelines.
- All students will complete a Covid-19 screening before entering the building, including a temperature check.
- Any student with a temperature of 100.4 F or higher or who is exhibiting common symptoms of COVID will not be admitted & must present a negative Covid test before returning to class.
- 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 an unvaccinated student is identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, the student must be quarantined for 14 days . All families who had contact with the student will be notified by RLT.
- 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.
Additional Education Program Rules
Pick up & drop off
- 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.
In the classroom:
- 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 bring a refillable water bottle.
- Staff will help fill up water bottles/cups with the water dispenser in the classroom.
In the restroom:
- One student in the bathroom at a time.
- Staff members will sanitize the bathroom after large group bathroom break times.
- Students will be asked to wash hands before and after mealtimes.
- Tables will be sanitized before and after meals.
- Trash will be thrown away after meals.