COVID-19 PROTOCOLS

The following protocols aim to ensure that Silver Spring Stage maintains a COVID-free, controlled environment within which our productions can operate. The protocols are based on the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and the health departments of the State of Maryland and Montgomery County. They were prepared by a team including members of our board, public health and mental health specialists, and a certified Covid-19 Compliance Officer. For the sake of all our artists and volunteers we ask that you aid in the enforcement of these protocols.

BUILDING ACCESS
● Anyone working on such activities must submit a request to the producer with the following information: Name(s) and contact information for all those entering and the date and time for which access is being requested. If you are engaged in an activity that does not have a producer, please send an email with the same information to: calendar@ssstage.org. This information will be kept on the production calendar for the show and reviewed by members of our COVID team.
● All people entering the building are required to sign in at the table under the bulletin board just inside the fire doors at the rear entrance.
● No more than 24 hours before entry, all those who will be in the building must submit a completed screening form: Silver Spring Stage COVID-19 Screening Form
● You will not be allowed to enter the building if you have not completed the form, if you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 within two weeks, if you are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, or if you are required to be under quarantine (for example, if you are awaiting test results).
● Persons who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 are advised to stay home and notify the stage manager as soon as possible.
● Only those who are essential to the work being done will be allowed to enter.
● No more than 10 people will be allowed in the building at any time.
● Rooms have posted capacities that include social distancing, please adhere to those limits.

PERSONAL SAFETY
● You will be required to attend a brief orientation training on COVID-19 and these protocols prior to the first time you will use the theatre space.
● Paper or cloth masks must be worn while in the building unless you are the only one in the building, you are related to or in a pod with the person you accompany, or you are being taped in a performance. You must wear a mask even if you have been vaccinated against COVID-19.
● A physical distance of 6 feet will be kept between all those in the building at all times.
● During tapings, while actors are unmasked, all other people in the room must be at least 10 feet from the performance area. If the videographer needs to be closer than that, they should spend as little time as possible inside that space.
● During tapings, actors must wear masks when not actively involved in a scene or about to enter. This applies equally to those who have been vaccinated against COVID-19.
● Production team members observing or working on the production will each have designated seating and should not use seating assigned to other team members.
● If anyone begins to show symptoms of COVID-19 while in the building, all activity will cease immediately and the building will be vacated until all are cleared to enter.
● The person exhibiting symptoms and all those exposed will be required to pass a COVID-19 test before being allowed re-entry.
● Bathroom occupancy will be limited to one person at a time.
● Eating will not be allowed while on the premises.
● Drinking will be allowed only in designated hydration areas, which will ensure a minimum of 10 feet distance between occupants.
● Actors will each have a designated area for their own props, costumes, and makeup. No actor should come in contact with any other actor’s designated area.
● Documents will be provided either electronically or by individual copy, clearly identified with the owner’s name.
● Actors must apply their own makeup.
● No one may touch or use another person’s cellphone or other personal possessions.
● Cover mouth and nose with tissue when coughing or sneezing or use crook of elbow or sleeve, even when wearing a mask.

CLEANING
● Hand-washing stations or hand sanitizers will be established in multiple locations.
● Hand sanitation should be done frequently throughout the period you are in the building.
● Do not touch face with unwashed hands or gloves
● Wash hands for 20 seconds with soap and water or rub on hand sanitizer for 20 seconds
● Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces each time before you leave the bathroom
● Props that must be used by more than one person must be cleaned and disinfected between uses.
● Actors and crew must wash or sanitize hands before makeup or costume sessions.

For questions about this protocol or to report infractions:
Contact name Bill Hurlbut
Phone number 301-814-5696
Date last revised December 15, 2020