Roxey Ballet Covid-19 Protocols and Procedures 

Under the state reopening safely orders Roxey Ballet continues to follow the executive orders for entertainment venues Executive Order No. 192,  mitigation requirements of Executive Order No. 157,  and indoor capacity requirements. 

 

The PPE and Safe Guarding Equipment we use maintains our compliance with state guidelines and helps prevent the spread of Covid-19 by:

  • six feet of distance from one another –We have clearly marked space on our floors

  • Provide approved sanitization materials for employees and visitors at no cost to those individuals; Hand sanitizer in each space and at the entrance.

  • Ensure that employees practice hand hygiene and provide employees with sufficient break time for that purpose; We encourage hand hygiene before and after work in the space.

  • Routinely clean and disinfect all high-touch areas in accordance with DOH and CDC guidelines; We sanitize the space after each class, event, or meeting and stagger our times to do so.

  • Prior to each shift, conduct daily health checks, such as temperature screenings, visual symptom checking, self-assessment checklists, and/or health questionnaires, consistent with CDC guidance;  We conduct temperature and health checks at the door prior to entering.

  • Do not allow sick employees to enter workplace and follow requirements of applicable leave laws; We require employees to notify us of any illness and do not come to work.

  • Promptly notify employees of any known exposure to COVID-19 at the worksite and Clean and disinfect the worksite in accordance with CDC guidelines and notify the authorities when an employee at the site has been diagnosed with COVID-19 illness. 

 

Rehearsals – Professional Dancers and Student Performers

•    Masks must be worn for the entire duration of rehearsal upon entering the building.
•    Please enter and exit from the back of the building

•    Temperature checks and wellness questions will be administered before dancers enter the facility.  If a dancer is not feeling well or has a temperature above 99.5, they should stay home. If a dancer does attend rehearsal and is found to have a temperature above 99.5 or states they are not feeling well, they will not be permitted to rehearse and be asked to go home.
•    Studios and facility will be disinfected after each rehearsal, with staggered times to do so, and hand sanitizer will be administered regularly.
•    Dancers must come fully dressed in their dance attire and wear convertible tights. Changing will not be allowed in the dressing rooms.
•    Please arrive 10 minutes prior to your rehearsal to prepare yourself mentally and physically.
•    Please bring your own water bottle.
•    Rehearsals will be limited to only necessary personnel- no more than 30 people or no more than 25% of the building load in the studios to maintain proper social distancing.  This may be altered according to state guidelines and protocols.  Rehearsals will be staggered with sufficient time in between to disinfect the studios and for people to enter and exit the premise without congestion or crowds.   If you are not scheduled for a rehearsal you must exit the facility.

 

Dancers, Students, Volunteers and Parents must report immediately if they have come in any contact with a person who has been diagnosed or has symptoms of Covid-19

 

  • Please DO NOT come to rehearsal or class if you are feeling sick or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days.

 

Modifications/ Safety Protocol for Rehearsal

•    Choreography will be modified to avoid any unnecessary touching and ensure that proper space is maintained between dancers.

  • There will be no crossovers between casts.

  • The casting has been modified and condensed to fewer roles.

  • Masks must be worn for the entire duration of rehearsal and will be included in the costumes. 

  • Studios will be disinfected after each rehearsal and hand sanitizer will be administered regularly.

  • Costumes for production will not be shared- each dancer will have their own.

 

Staff, Volunteer, and Artist Health and Hygiene

Because COVID-19 is a highly contagious virus staff and volunteers must diligently address the health risks of working in the close confines of many event spaces.

Roxey Ballet will:

  • Coordinate with, communicate, and help implement public health guidelines.

  • Ensure that existing safety plans are modified for compatibility with new health plans.

  • Provide training for staff, volunteers and dancers that applies current information about hazards and infection control measures, including social distancing, handwashing, temperature checking, and disinfecting high-touch surfaces before the beginning of each production rehearsal process.

  • Determine if a worker or patron may safely enter the event space when there is a health concern.

 

Practices for all Staff, Artistic and Volunteers.

  • Social Distancing. Public health guidance stresses that whenever possible, everyone should leave at least six feet (about two meters) to the person closest to them. Where a task cannot be accomplished working alone, workers can limit their exposure by forming a “work team” in which people routinely work together, but they keep their distance from everyone else.

  • Hand Washing. Frequent hand washing with soap is vital to help combat the spread of any virus. When a sink is available, workers should wash their hands for twenty seconds at least every 60 minutes, and dry thoroughly with a disposable towel or dryer. As a backup, workers may use sanitizer containing at least 60% ethanol or 70% isopropanol when a sink is not available. Workers should also wash their hands at the beginning and end of each shift and break, after using the restroom, sneezing, touching their face, blowing their nose, cleaning, sweeping, mopping, smoking, eating, or drinking.

  • Face Coverings. Physical respiratory protection such as a cloth face covering should be worn whenever people are within six feet (two meters) of each other because (a) COVID-19 is spread through respiratory droplets and (b) a significant number of infected people will show no outward symptoms of illness. Face covering requirements should be task-specific and include instruction on proper use. For example, workers doing temperature screening may need N-95 or equivalent face coverings when dealing with potentially sick workers or patrons. In order to ensure maximum comprehension and compliance, signage posted throughout the venue should show how to wear and use a face covering, including these points.

  • Remove your face covering using the straps to avoid touching the part that protects your face.

  • Wash cloth face coverings after each use, and wear other masks only according to the manufacturer’s specifications.

 

Personal Protective Equipment (“PPE”) Roxey Ballet will supply face coverings to volunteers and staff.  Roxey Ballet will supply hand sanitizer. Roxey Ballet will use the fogger to disinfect the studios and office between each use (rehearsal or class)  Classes and rehearsals will be staggered for sufficient disinfecting time and to stagger people entering and exiting the space.

Temperature Screening - Will occur at the entrance by staff trained in screening using a ‘no-touch’ thermometer.  Anyone displaying a temperature over 99.5 F will be taken to a private area for a secondary temperature screening and if needed asked to leave the facility.

Touching Your Face. Workers should avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth. Microphones, headphones, and other personal equipment should not be shared, and should be sanitized before and after each use.

Cough and Sneeze Etiquette. Workers should cover their cough or sneeze with a tissue, or an elbow or shoulder if no tissue is available, followed by thorough handwashing.

 

Staff/Volunteers Training

Staff and volunteers are regularly trained on Covid-19 policies via zoom and then in-person to learn the cleaning, disinfecting, and health screening procedures including: disinfecting the space, cleaning surfaces and floors, taking temperatures, asking the screening questions, and proper entrance and exit procedures.   New training for staff and volunteers occurs at the start of each production rehearsal process and will be ongoing as needed.