COVID Safety Protocols

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LIVE ARTS COVID PROTOCOL FOR WINTER 2021/22

We are thrilled to welcome you back to the theater!

We are thrilled to welcome you back to live, volunteer-powered theater at Live Arts! The pure joy of sharing our 2021/22 season opener EVERY BRILLIANT THING, live and in person, would never have been possible without the full support of our volunteers and audiences. For that we thank you!

We have broken down our COVID safety protocols to more accurately reflect the different ways to engage at Live Arts: Volunteering, seeing a show, attending an event, or participating in educational programming. If you have any questions, please reach out to the points of contact listed.

Here are some general guidelines:

If you are 18 or older, you will be required to present proof of full vaccination upon entry (a vaccination card, photo of a card, or digital vaccine record). “Full vaccination” means you are two weeks past your second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines OR two weeks past your Johnson & Johnson vaccine. In accordance with new guidance from the CDC, we also encourage you to stay up to date on your protection against the virus by getting booster shots when eligible. Exceptions to the vaccination requirement are detailed below.

Masks are required while inside the building unless performing on stage or enjoying concessions in designated areas. If you forget a mask, we will be happy to provide one for you at no charge! For further information and questions about wearing a mask, please refer to “Your Guide to Masks” from the CDC.

Social distancing practices will be implemented in the building, including limited seating capacity in all theaters.

If you are feeling sick OR have potentially been exposed to COVID, stay home. If you were planning to see a show, we will happily exchange your ticket for another performance at no additional cost!

If you receive a positive COVID test within 14 days of being inside the Live Arts building, please alert our staff using the points of contact listed below.


VOLUNTEERS

Chante Mack on tech day for MAYBE GHOSTS WERE A BAD IDEA… (2020)

Point of contact: Liz Howard, Production Manager & Volunteer Coordinator (liz@livearts.org)

Volunteers 18 and older who would like to participate in the cast or on the production team of a Live Arts show (i.e., actors, designers, stage management, board operators, etc.) are required to provide proof of full vaccination and wear a mask while inside the building. Any volunteers who attend rehearsals or performances where actors will be performing unmasked will be required to follow a self-testing procedure (provided by Live Arts) once every two weeks or as necessary.

Volunteers 18 and older who would like to participate in volunteer opportunities on a day-by-day basis (i.e., scenic builds, light hangs, costume sewing sessions, etc.) must provide either proof of full vaccination or, if unable to get vaccinated, proof of a
negative PCR test within 72 hours of the volunteer opportunity or a negative antigen test within six hours of the volunteer opportunity. Masks are required regardless of vaccination status. For PCR testing sites in central Virginia, please refer to this directory provided by the Virginia Department of Health.

Volunteers under the age of 18 are not required to provide proof of full vaccination to volunteer at Live Arts, however vaccination is strongly recommended. Masks are required regardless of vaccination status. Unvaccinated actors will not be permitted to rehearse or perform unmasked. 

 

AUDIENCE & GUESTS

Sri Kodakalla applies makeup for LET GO OF ME (2021)

Point of Contact: Anne Hunter, Executive Director (anne@livearts.org)

Attending a Show or Special Event:

Audience members and guests 18 and older will be required to provide either proof of full vaccination (a vaccination card, photo of a card, or digital vaccine record) or, if unable to get vaccinated, proof of a negative PCR test within 72 hours of the performance or a negative antigen test within six hours of the performance. Masks are required regardless of vaccination status. For PCR testing sites in central Virginia, please refer to this directory provided by the Virginia Department of Health. 

We encourage you to take a photo of your vaccination card or take advantage of the COVID-19 Vaccination Record Request Portal on the Virginia Department of Health website. When you arrive, you can look up this portal on your phone or ask the CCO at check-in to use a laptop provided by Live Arts. This method is for individuals who were vaccinated in Virginia and used a cell phone when registering. It isn’t foolproof, but it’s a good resource to try in a pinch!

Audience members and guests between the ages of 5 and 18 are not required to provide proof of vaccination upon entry, however vaccination is strongly recommended. Masks are required regardless of vaccination status. 

Concessions:

Concessions will be available at the third floor Becker Bar for one hour before and after PIPELINE performances. You are not required to wear a mask while enjoying concessions on the third floor or in designated areas, but please be respectful and mask up otherwise. The third floor windows will remain open to bring in fresh air and maintain a well-ventilated space. 

No concessions are permitted inside the theater at this time. 

Ticket Exchanges:

Annie Way, Violet Craghead-Way, and Ginger Craghead-Way in IN HINDSIGHT at Live Arts (2020)

If you are feeling sick or have potentially been exposed to COVID, please stay home. If you were planning to see a show, we will happily exchange your ticket for another performance at no additional charge. Just give us a call at 434-977-4177 or email Darryl in the Box Office at darryl@livearts.org

If you forget or misplace your proof of vaccination, we will happily reschedule your ticket for another performance. 

Comfort-Level Stickers:

We understand that after a year and a half of physical distance, returning to public indoor spaces continues to prompt varying levels of concern and discomfort. To help make sure everyone feels as safe and comfortable as possible, we offer colored stickers to be worn while attending a Live Arts show. 

  • Green means “I’m comfortable with a hug or handshake.”
  • Yellow means “I’m happy to give you an elbow bump, but let’s keep some space.”
  • Red means “I feel more comfortable maintaining six feet of distance.” 

These stickers are optional, but we ask everyone to please be respectful of patron spacing and take note of the colored stickers worn by other audience members. Let’s make sure everyone enjoys their experience back in the theater! 

EDUCATION

Joshua St. Hill as Usnavi in IN THE HEIGHTS (2020)

Point of Contact: Miller Susen, Education Director (miller@livearts.org)

All students 18 and older must provide proof of full vaccination to attend classes or workshops at Live Arts, and masks are required while inside the building. Distancing will be maintained to the extent possible, and the classroom will be well-ventilated. Mask breaks outside on the fourth floor terrace can be taken as needed with permission from the instructor.

Vaccination is strongly recommended for students ages 5 to 17, but not required. Masks must be worn regardless of vaccination status. Distancing will be maintained to the extent possible, and the classroom will be well-ventilated. Mask breaks outside on the fourth floor terrace will be permitted at the instructor’s discretion.

FACILITY UPDATES

We appreciate your patience and cooperation. We’re also doing our part to keep you safe while you are visiting:  

  1. We have enhanced cleaning protocols in place, including air purifiers and sanitation stations on every floor. 
  2. We installed a hands-free card reader and protective shields at the Box Office and concessions stands.
  3. We have a certified COVID Compliance Officer (CCO) present at every public gathering. A CCO ensures that our facility is adhering to the protocols we have put in place to keep all volunteers, staff, and patrons safe while they are in the building. 
  4. We meet weekly to discuss our protocols and make necessary changes. We understand that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to making theater safely during a global pandemic. We continue to make the health and safety of our volunteers, audiences, staff, and guests our top priority. 

 

Production for LET GO OF ME at Live Arts (2021)

WHAT INFORMED OUR DECISIONS

We know that these policies can be inconvenient or even controversial. We also acknowledge that vaccine mandates can be exclusionary and have tried to reduce any barriers to access. We made this difficult “vax and mask” decision to guard the health and safety of our Live Arts family and the greater Charlottesville community. If you or someone you know is vaccine hesitant, we highly recommend The Vaccine Equity Cooperative, which vets and compiles resources around COVID-19 vaccines and public health practices, with specific focus on supporting BIPOC communities.

We based our safety protocols on several factors:

  • The increase in COVID infections across Albemarle and surrounding counties
  • The unknowns around variants and their transmission to and from vaccinated individuals
  • The preferences of our patrons, most of whom told us in a survey in summer 2021 that they were not totally comfortable coming back to the theater without mask and/or vaccine mandates 
  • The growing adoption of mask and vaccine mandates by hundreds of local and national theaters, including large coalitions in New York and Washington, D.C. 

We will continue monitoring trends and guidance, and we will refine our safety protocols in response to the course of the virus. The procedures and policies outlined above are, of course, subject to change. Please check livearts.org/covid for up-to-date information before visiting the theater. 

If you are planning to come into the building but find that you are feeling sick or cannot comply with our safety protocols for any reason, we will issue you a credit for use at a future performance or a full refund upon request.


Points of Contact

Anne Hunter | Executive Director | anne@livearts.org 

Liz Howard | Volunteer Coordinator & Production Manager | liz@livearts.org

Miller Susen | Education Director | miller@livearts.org