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.
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 (3/1/21) we are working in groups of 25 or fewer, which includes all actors and production personnel.
- Material is being selected to minimize moments when extended close contact is necessary, whenever possible. However, much like other activities that kids may be involved in (sports, etc), theatre is a “contact” activity, and parents and participants need to be realistic about what is possible.
- Personal hygiene is being stressed, with hand sanitizer available throughout the building.
- Currently (3/1/21) performers are required to use face coverings during performances. Our actors will be wearing face coverings during performances until we are advised otherwise.
For the Audience Members:
- Audiences are currently capped at no more than 25% of the normal capacity, which is about 35 people.
- Audiences are physically distanced between groups to the greatest extent possible.
- Audience members are required to wear masks at all times within the building.
- 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.