COVID-19 Plan

As we navigate these challenging times, we place the health and safety of our participants, staff, and audience as our number one priority. We are excited to be back for our 32nd season, and we understand that things must be a little different. The following protocol was developed using the guidelines provided by Alberta Health Services. These protocols may be adjusted as the situation changes.

 

PRIOR TO EACH REHEARSAL

We are all in this together, and a big part of keeping everyone safe will be the need for each participant, staff, and volunteer to stay home if they feel sick. We are closely monitoring Alberta Health Services guidelines. We ask that each participant, staff, and volunteer monitor for the following prior to each rehearsal, and follow the guidance:

If a participant has these symptoms: fever, cough, shortness of breath, loss of sense of smell or taste

-they will be asked to isolate at home for a minimum of 10 days from when symptoms started, or until symptoms resolve, whichever is longer.

-COVID-19 testing is recommended

-Can return to rehearsal before 10 days only if COVID-19 test is negative, symptoms are gone, and they were not a close contact to someone with COVID-19

 

If a participant has one of the following: chills, sore throat/painful swallowing, runny nose/congestion, headache, muscle/joint ache, feeling unwell/fatigued, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, unexplained loss of appetite, pink eye

-they will be asked to stay home and monitor for 24 hours. If after 24 hours the symptoms improve, they may come back to rehearsal

-A COVID-19 test is not required

 

If a participant has two of these symptoms: chills, sore throat/painful swallowing, runny nose/congestion, headache, muscle/joint ache, feeling unwell/fatigued, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, unexplained loss of appetite, pink eye

-COVID-19 test is recommended

-may return to rehearsal after symptoms are gone without a COVID test or results

 

While at home and resting, participants can memorize their lines, analyze the text, etc. There may be the opportunity to video conference with anyone unable to be in rehearsal.

 

MANDATORY MASKS

Similar to schools in Alberta, Tree House is making masks mandatory for all participants, staff, and volunteers. We will make a decision on whether our audience needs to wear masks at a later date. We received a donation of 31 masks, in various sizes, from Classic Cleaning and Tailors, in Red Deer. While participants are more than welcome to bring their own, these masks will be available for those that need them. They are washable. Our productions of Romeo and Juliet and The Shakespeare Sonnet Collection will incorporate masks as part of the costume design. 

 

SIGN IN PROCESS

For the beginning of each rehearsal our Stage Manager, Catherine McLaren, will be set up in the entrance of CAT Studios at the Red Deer Memorial Centre. 

  • If there is a line up at the desk, please give 2 meters of space to the next person in line. 

  • She will be at a table with hand sanitizer, which everyone entering the building should use. 

  • She will then use a non-contact digital thermometer to take the temperature of everyone entering the building. Anyone with a temperature 38C (100.4F) or higher will not be allowed in rehearsal.

  • She will ask:

    • She will show a sheet with images and ask if you have any of the following symptoms: fever, cough, shortness of breath, loss of sense of smell or taste, chills, sore throat/painful swallowing, runny nose/congestion, headache, muscle/joint ache, feeling unwell/fatigued, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, unexplained loss of appetite, pink eye

    • “Have you had close contact with someone that has traveled out of Canada in the last 14 days?”

    • “Have you had close contact with someone in the last 14 days who is ill?”

    • “Have you or someone in your household been in close contact with someone who is being investigated or confirmed to be a case of COVID-19?”

  • “Have you been outside of Canada within the last 14 days?”

  • If someone answers yes to any of the above questions, they will be asked to return home. 

 

REHEARSALS

During rehearsals we will have hand sanitizer available for all participants, staff, and volunteers. We will try to maintain at least two meters of distance, however, due to the nature of theatre, we may need to be closer at times, which is why masks will be mandatory for the entirety of rehearsals. If a participant needs a break from wearing a mask, they can sit off to the side in a chair, where they can remove their mask, but once they stand and move around, they will need to put their mask back on. All surfaces will be sanitized prior to, and after every rehearsal. If, during rehearsal, someone begins to exhibit the symptoms outlined above, they may be asked to go home.

 

IN THE EVENT OF AN OUTBREAK

While we certainly will do everything we can to limit the risk of infection, we are prepared for a COVID outbreak. We are using the AHS guideline for K-12 schools as the basis for our plans. The following is taken from AHS, with wording changed for THYT.

If we have a confirmed positive case:

  • the zone medical officer of health will work with us to quickly:

    • identify when symptoms developed

    • identify and contact people who had close contact with the person who tested positive, offer testing, and set the isolation measures:

      • people are legally required to isolate for 10 days if they live with or are a close contact of a person who tested positive for COVID-19

      • only people in direct contact with a confirmed case need to isolate

  • Tree House staff will contact all parents/guardians of youth that may have come in contact with the confirmed case and encourage them to get tested for COVID-19

  • We will assess the situation, and may move rehearsals to Zoom until we can ensure that there is no active infection.

  • As we will be wearing masks, sanitizing all surfaces, doing symptoms checks, and encouraging anyone that is sick to stay home, the risk of community transmission is lower than if no protocols were in place. 

IN SUMMARY

We hope these protocols are overkill, as we would rather be over-prepared than under-prepared. It is our firm belief that even with these protocols in place we can have an enjoyable, enriching, and fun season. These protocols may change as the situation necessitates, and we may need to adjust how we do things, but the health and safety of everyone involved with Tree House Youth Theatre must be our number one priority. If you have any questions about these protocols, do not hesitate to email us at info@treehouseyouththeatre.ca.

Plan A- In Person/Zoom Rehearsals, with a Live Audience

  • REGISTRATION: No more than 15 participants per age group. This number could go up if AHS Guidelines change. 

  • REHEARSALS: Rehearsals will take place in person or over Zoom, and maintain all recommended AHS Guidelines for performance. A complete list of rehearsal protocols will be released in August 2020.

  • PERFORMANCES: We will perform for a live audience, however, the size of our audience will be determined by AHS Guidelines.

Plan B- In Person/Zoom Rehearsals, without a Live Audience

  • REGISTRATION: No more than 15 participants per age group. This number could go up if AHS Guidelines change. 

  • REHEARSALS: Rehearsals will take place in person or over Zoom, and maintain all recommended AHS Guidelines for performance. A complete list of rehearsal protocols will be released in August 2020.

  • PERFORMANCES: If we are unable to perform in front of a live audience, due to AHS Guidelines, we will then arrange to either film our performance and release it on our website, or stream it live to be viewed on our website. This will only be possible if actors/crew are able to meet safely in person.

Plan C- Feature Film

If AHS Guidelines change, and we are no longer safely permitted to meet in person, we will transition to the production of a feature film, based on Romeo and Juliet. This movie would be filmed on location in and around Red Deer, and central Alberta. A film would allow us to maintain physical distancing, reduce the amount of participants needed at any given time, and would be done to industry standards. With a completion goal of May 2021, our movie would be available to stream on our website, and other streaming platforms. 

The above three plans are not guaranteed and are subject to change, but they do give us a good starting place. We hope that we can go forward with Plan A, however, we have Plan B and C in place just in case. We will adjust when needed, and our primary goal will always remain to ensure the helth and safety of eveyone involved in Tree House Youth Theatre.


If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or suggestions do not hesitate to reach out to us at info@treehouseyouththeatre.ca

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