ATC Camps and Classes COVID-19 Safety Guidelines
Below are the health precautions and safety protocols that Actors’ Theatre of Columbus is taking for summer camps and classes. We want this to be a creative, fun, learning experience and are working hard to be able to accomplish that while keeping everyone as safe as possible. We will be following the CDC and local health guidelines for camps to ensure the lowest possible risks.
-Limited number of camp participants to keep the group (including the instructors) under 10
-All participants and ATC staff will be required to do a daily temperature check and symptom assessment prior to arrival
-Camps will be taught outside, weather permitting
-Social distancing will be observed between all participants & staff
-Masks or cloth face coverings will be used inside or when it is not possible to maintain a distance of greater than 6′
-Any shared objects that are touched will be sanitized between use (we are trying to limit sharing any objects as much as possible)
-Communal spaces will be sanitized daily, and / or after use
ATC camps will be operating under reduced staff to camper ratios to maintain a less than 10 person group size limitation at all times. Participants will be limited to 7 per camp / class.
ATC staff must perform daily temperature checks and symptom assessments*. Staff are required to stay home if symptomatic.
Participants should limit the use of personal items from home during the camp / class. Necessary personal items should remain stored in a backpack or storage bin, used solely by the participant, and return home daily.
CAMP DROP-OFF / PICK-UP:
Parent or caretaker should, when safe to do so, wear a mask for pick-up and drop-off.
The same parent or caretaker should conduct pick-up and drop-off each day, if possible.
Parent or caretaker should conduct “curbside” pick-up and drop-off or be sure to maintain social distancing to reduce contact between families.
Parent or caretaker of campers must perform daily temperature checks and symptom assessments*.
All campers must wash their hands upon arrival and prior to departure.
DURING CAMP / CLASS:
All individuals must wear a mask or a cloth facial covering when inside at all times. Face coverings should be worn as feasible and are most essential in times when physical distancing is difficult (such as inside buildings).
All individuals will stay at least 6 feet away from others (“social distancing”) as often as possible.
ATC staff and participants must follow rigorous handwashing procedures:
-Washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or with a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
-Upon arrival for the day, after breaks, and upon returning from outside.
-After contact with bodily fluids (blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing, etc. ) or cleaning up spills or objects contaminated with bodily fluids.
– After cleaning or sanitizing or using any chemical products.
-After handling pets, pet cages, or other pet objects that have come in contact with the pet.
-When visibly soiled (must use soap and water).
-Prior to departure.
ATC will immediately send home any camper or employee who is exhibiting symptoms or illness consistent with COVID-19* or has a temperature of 100 degrees or higher. This individual may not return to camp / class until they are fever free for 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing medication. If the individual has had contact with someone confirmed or probable to have COVID-19, he or she must complete isolation or quarantine procedures in coordination with the health department prior to returning to the program.
Camps will operate outdoors using social distancing practices. During inclement weather circumstances all staff and participants will use masks or cloth facial coverings inside.
ATC will sanitize objects after each use and will remove objects that cannot be sanitized. Use of shared objects will be limited whenever possible.
ATC will clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces (e.g. door handles, sink handles) at least daily and between use as much as possible.
Any staff members or participants who are sick or who have recently had a close contact with a person with COVID-19 should stay home.
Staff members and participants should stay home if they have tested positive for or are showing COVID-19 symptoms.*
Per state requirements, ATC will immediately notify the Department of Job and Family Services in writing if a camper or employee test positive for COVID-19. We will work with the health department to identify potentially infected or exposed individuals to help facilitate effective contact tracing / notifications.
ATC will immediately isolate and seek medical care for any individual who develops symptoms during a camp or class. Any areas (or objects if applicable) used by the sick person will be closed off until after they can be cleaned and disinfected.
*Per the CDC, symptoms include cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, and new loss of taste or smell.
An Open Letter Addressing the Cancellation of Our 2020 Season
To all of our friends and patrons,
“Let me embrace thee, sour adversity; for wise men say it is the wisest course.” -William Shakespeare, King Henry VI, part 3
The past few months have been full of uncertainty and grief. We have all had our lives interrupted by burdens none could foresee just six months ago. We must prepare for a future that we cannot quite see the shape of. And so we choose to move forward with purpose even in uncertain times. Our purpose is to ensure that Actors’ Theatre of Columbus continues to entertain the thousands of people who come to Schiller Park every summer to share in our community. In order to keep to that purpose, we have come to a heart-breaking but necessary decision.
Actors’ Theatre of Columbus has decided to cancel our 2020 ROYALS season.
This decision was made unanimously by the Board of Trustees and the managing staff. Our priority is the health and well-being of our staff, actors, and audience. We cannot project right now what restrictions will continue on public gatherings throughout the summer, and so we must suspend this season.
Actors’ Theatre will continue to engage audiences and students throughout the upcoming months, both online and in formats that suit guidelines as they change. We will continue to update our website (theactorstheatre.org) and social media accounts with the most current information about Actors’ Theatre offerings.
You, our patrons, have kept us hopeful about our future and our present through your love, encouragement, and enthusiasm. We long to see you every year, and this year is no different. We must delay our meeting for a little while, but we will see you again in Schiller Park.
For now, stay safe. Wear masks. Support artists.
Wash your hands.
Wait and hope.
Philip J. Hickman Jodi Marmion