Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been working hard to adapt our programming so that we can offer the safest possible experience for the kids that we work with, as well as providing the safest possible experience for our audience members. We recognize that there is an inherent element of risk in any group activity, but we wanted to share with you some of the steps that we are taking to minimize those risks.
- We have purchased several air purifiers, and scattered them throughout the building.
- We have upgraded our furnace filters to a stronger, more virus-friendly level.
- We are currently working with a mechanical engineer on an upgrade to our HVAC system (not done as of 10/16/20).
For the Actors & Daily Visitors:
- Actors and all production personnel are required to be wearing masks at all times during rehearsals and when they are otherwise in the building.
- Group sizes are designed to fit within the current guidelines, as prescribed by the CDC and the Minnesota Department of Health. Currently (10/16/20) we are working in groups of 15 or fewer, which includes all actors and production personnel.
- Material is being selected to minimize moments when extended close contact is necessary.
- Personal hygiene is being stressed, with hand sanitizer available throughout the building.
- Currently (10/16/20) performers are allowed to remove their masks when actually performing, however, actual decisions about whether to do so may be made as late as right up to the time of the performance.
For the Audience Members:
- Audiences are currently capped at no more than 25% of the normal capacity, which is about 35 people.
- Audiences are social distanced between groups to the greatest extent possible.
- Audience members are required to wear masks at all times within the building.
- Seating is being arranged so that audience members are at least six feet away from any actors while they are on stage.
- Concessions are not being sold at the performances, so that audiences have no reason that they have to take their masks off.
If you have questions about BWTC’s COVID-19 response, or if you would like to view our more detailed COVID-19 response plans, please contact Charlie Leonard.