COVID-19 PROTOCOLS

The following protocols aim to ensure that Silver Spring Stage maintains a COVID-free environment for our productions. 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
● For activities with a producer, the producer will control access to the building. 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 are 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 should stay home and notify the stage manager as soon as possible.ons who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 are advised to stay home and notify the stage manager as soon as possible.
● Spring Stage no longer has an occupancy limit. (Update effective 5/28/21)

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.
● If you are fully vaccinated, you are not required to wear a mask, though you may choose wear one for your own comfort. If you are not fully vaccinated, 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. (Update effective 5/25/21)
● If you are fully vaccinated or not fully vaccinated but are wearing a mask as required, it is not necessary to keep a physical distance from other people. (Update effective 5/25/21)
● Bathroom occupancy is limited to one person at a time.
● There are no restrictions on eating or drinking. (Update effective 5/25/21)
● Production team and cast members may choose to have designated seating if they wish. (Update effective 5/25/21)
● Actors will each have a designated area for their own props, costumes, and makeup.

UNIVERSAL HEALTH PRECAUTIONS (Update effective 5/25/21)
● Cover mouth and nose with tissue when coughing or sneezing or use crook of elbow or sleeve.
● Hand sanitation/washing should be done frequently throughout the period you are in the building.
● 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
● 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 May 30, 2021