COVID 19 Health and Safety Guidelines

Together we can keep our community safe and attend theater.

Our community has come together: we’ve been distancing, wearing masks, and getting vaccinated. In fact, via our ongoing audience survey, we know that over 95% of you are vaccinated.

And, we’ve made a promise to you to adjust our policies based upon the current conditions, science, and guidelines from the CDC and local official.

Currently, the case counts in Fairfield County are low enough that we can open our doors and invite each other in our homes and into the theater! But we have established a mandatory vaccination and masking requirement for all indoor spaces, the detail of which you’ll find below. In addition, we’ve outlined our process to determine our policies and protocols as well as what we are asking our audience to do to help keep us all safe.

Last updated: July 28, 2021.

 

Visitor Requirements to attend indoor events

Upon entering any of our indoor spaces, the Jason Robards Theatre, the Lucille Lortel White Barn, or the administrative offices, we will require all visitors to provide proof that they have been vaccinated.

Please bring your vaccination card (you may bring a copy or a picture of it on your phone) or provide other proof such as a travel app or documentation from your health provider.

We will have additional staff members on hand for performances and events so that the process will move quickly and smoothly.

To request a vaccine exemption, please email administrator@westportplayhouse.org.

The current case count in Fairfield County is 5 per 100,000. Therefore we are requiring all visitors, volunteers, and staff to wear a mask in doors (unless part of the performance).

If you have forgotten your mask, one will be provided for you.

We are listening

We are listening. For the past 12 months, the Playhouse has been participating in Wolf Brown’s Audience Outlook Monitor, an international collaboration between top researchers, funders, service organizations, and hundreds of cultural organizations, so that we may make informed decisions about how and when to re-open. (Thank you to all who responded and continue to respond to our email invitations to participate in this survey). That means we are working closely with our peers to devise best practices. And, we’ve been listening to our Playhouse community. You’ve told us these are most important factors for you in order to return to theater indoors:

  • Low infection rates
  • High vaccination rates
  • Strict health and safety protocols

Together, we are bringing live theater back to the Playhouse. We made a promise to you to listen and follow the science, along with the guidelines of local officials and the State of Connecticut. We are asking you, our audiences, to help us keep each other safe. Below are the steps we are taking, and those you can make for a safe and healthy experience.

Playhouse Safety & Health Protocols

  • Should cases rise to 20 new cases per 100,000 residents, we will open the theater with strict, six-foot physically-distanced seating, with all patrons, staff, and volunteers vaccinated and wearing masks.
  • At 10 cases per 100,000, we plan to open at 50% capacity, with all patrons, staff, and volunteers vaccinated and wearing masks.
  • With a case count of 5 per 100,000 or less, we can open at 100% capacity, with all patrons, staff, and volunteers vaccinated and wearing masks.
  • In the unlikely event that cases return to last year’s levels, we will need to close our doors again, and will communicate our next steps.

Currently, we are able to open at 100% capacity to fully vaccinated and masked audiences! (July 28, 2021)

The Playhouse is up-to-date on all of our HVAC technology and has serviced, cleaned and upgraded our air filtering to MERV-13 filters in all air supply units. The Playhouse HVAC systems also maintain a high air turnover, which keeps a high level of fresh air in our buildings at all times.

Our systems meet or exceed all CDC recommendations for minimizing exposure to COVID-19.

Five key employees have completed COVID-19 Compliance Officer training, and the Playhouse continues to get best-in-class advice from leading epidemiologists.

We have asked all our staff, volunteers, actors, directors, designers, and crew to be fully vaccinated before they return to the building.

Actors, directors, and designers will also be following protocols set up by their unions.

Upon entering any indoor space, we will require all visitors to provide proof that they have been vaccinated.

Please bring your vaccination card (you may bring a copy or a picture of it on your phone) or provide other proof such as a travel app or documentation from your health provider.

To request a vaccine exemption, please email administrator@westportplayhouse.org.

All our staff and volunteers will be required to wear a masks in the public areas of the theater, unless they are part of the performance.

Fewer things to touch and fewer chances to get close to folks who are not in your social bubble.

In addition to regularly cleaning all surfaces and common areas in the building, we’ll provide hand sanitizing stations.

If you are in one of our buildings when case counts are above 5 per 100,000, we’ll have markers to promote physical distancing and limit the amount of people in elevators and restrooms.

We are all used to it by now, but every week, every show, every reason to gather may have a slightly different audience setup. We’ll make sure to let you know what we’ll be doing at each event.

We will also update this page regularly, and communicate via email with any changes that affect you.

Audience & Patrons Responsibilities

If you have had any symptoms of COVID-19 in the last 10 days, or been in contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus in the past 10 days, please do not attend your scheduled performance. We will exchange your ticket for a later date and will waive all exchange fees.

Check current guidelines for Connecticut residents and those traveling to Connecticut here.

From the survey, we know that over 95% of you are already vaccinated. And most of the rest have plans to be vaccinated. Please don’t wait — we’re so excited to see you!

To learn more about vaccines or find a vaccination location, please visit Connecticut’s online vaccine portal.

To request a vaccine exemption, please email administrator@westportplayhouse.org.

If you forget yours, we’ll provide one for you.

For your safety and the safety of those around you, our staff will be there to ensure safety protocols are followed. Please follow their instructions. We reserve the right to ask those who cannot to leave and return when they are able.

If you have any questions or require any accommodation for the above, please contact us at administrator@westportplayhouse.org.

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