Covid-19 Safety Plan

WESTERN EDGE THEATRE COVID SAFETY PLAN (2020-12-22)

PROTOCOLS TO REDUCE RISKS

Front-of-house and main house protocols

Level One: Elimination
• All artists, technicians, and others engaged by W.E.T., as well as volunteers, will be required to practice social distancing whenever possible. When social distancing is not possible, because a task requires more than one person in close proximity to complete, masks will be worn by all parties involved.

Level Two: Engineered Controls
• Disposable water cups will be provided at water stations. Filling a reusable water container will not be allowed.
• Doors that do not impact the quality of the performance will be propped open in common areas and cleaned and closed post show.

Level Three: Administrative Controls
• All artists, technicians, and others will follow entrance and exit protocols, washing hands each time they enter the building by utilizing either sanitizing stations or soap and water in washrooms.
• Each person will fill out a declaration of health document (or provide a verbal declaration) upon entering the building.
• No coffee, tea, or communal food will be provided.

Level Four: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
• Non-medical masks will be worn when performing tasks that require working within 2 metres of another person. This applies to all artists, technicians, and others.

Backstage and onstage

Level One: Elimination
• While in the venue, performers will have exclusive access to the dressing rooms.
• Performers will not have access to the main house or front of house area while the audience is present.
• Artists, technicians, and others will maintain social distance whenever possible, including during rehearsal, load in, setup, tech, performance, teardown, and load out, except when individuals are in the same “bubble”. When social distancing is not possible, because a task requires more than one person in close proximity to complete, masks will be worn by all parties involved.
• Artists, technicians, and others will load equipment and materials from their personal vehicles to the entrance of the theatre to be brought in by designated personnel. If they require help, each person will wear a mask while the vehicle is being unloaded and each person will wash their hands before and after they work in the vehicle.
• Non-essential visitors will be prohibited from entering the backstage area.

Level Two: Engineering Controls
• No shared food or beverages unless workers/performers are within the same “bubble”.

Level Three: Administrative Controls
• All artists, technicians, and others will follow the entrance protocols as established by the host venue, including washing or sanitizing hands each time they enter the building.
• Each person will complete a declaration of health document, which includes contact tracing information.
• At the start of their first day in the venue, artists, technicians, and others will take part in an orientation session provided by the host venue or W.E.T. to ensure that they understand all safety protocols.
• Hand sanitizer stations will be located at the front door and entrance to backstage.
• No food or beverage service will be provided. Performers and crew will bring their own food and beverages for personal use.

Level Four: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
• Technicians and other support personnel will be required to wear masks anytime audience members are present.
• All artists, technicians, and others will be required to wear a mask any time that social distancing cannot be maintained.
• If you require first aid support you will be required to wear a mask so that a first aid attendant can assist you.
• This safety plan will be available for performers, crew and patrons online to view.