Covid-19 Safety Protocols
Welcome back to Village Theatre Waterdown!
We’re thrilled to see you and to enjoy the experience of live theatre together again!
Our Village Theatre Covid-19 Safety Response Team has been working in accordance with Ontario and Hamilton Municipality Public Health regulations to implement safety protocols to ensure that your return to live theatre will be a comfortable and worry-free experience. As regulations have changed, we have revised our own safety protocols to ensure up-to-date compliancy. We commit to regularly assess risk of transmission for you our patrons, our cast, crew and volunteers.
Covid-19 Safety Response Team and Communication
We have assigned a Covid-19 Safety Protocols Lead, responsible for the tracking of daily Ontario government and Hamilton Municipality Public Health regulatory changes that include local news updates. We are committed to ongoing re-evaluation and compliancy of these changes affecting all patrons and associated theatre production volunteers, and have created a Covid-19 Safety Protocols Plan for training purposes in conjunction with the Executive Producer and other respective Leads to ensure circulation, communication and clarification of safety protocols among all theatre production volunteers. All volunteers will receive periodic reminders of the current safety protocols with their shifts due to the fluctuating nature of house volunteer staffing
Covid-19 Control of Transmission Risk
Effective March 21, 2022, in accordance with the Ontario and Hamilton Municipality Public Health regulations, masks will no longer be a mandate, but rather a choice. Patrons and all associated theatre production volunteers may choose to wear or not wear a mask. We commit to respect these choices and will ensure a supportive environment.
Rapid Antigen Test Kits
We have Test Kits available for all associated theatre production volunteers to self-monitor and self-administer at home in the case of symptoms or suspected exposure. Should any volunteer not feel well or test positive, they will be asked to refrain from entering the building, to self-monitor and follow the Ontario and Hamilton Municipality Public Health guidelines as outlined in our Covid-19 Safety Protocols plan before returning.
Hygiene and Sanitization During Performance
Hand sanitizers will be provided at all entries and touchpoints in the building
Sanitization and cleaning of the space (using Public Health approved cleaners with a 99.99% effectiveness against bacteria, viruses and fungi) will occur after every performance
Sanitization and cleaning of the washrooms will also occur after the start of the performance in preparation of reuse during performance
The stage area, actor preparation areas and technical booth will be designated as essential personnel only spaces
Show programme left on seats post performance will not be reused for the next performance; each performance will hand out new show programme
VT will offer assigned seating for all performances, with one special ‘reduced seating’ performance to allow for greater spacing and comfort.
Intermission and Food/Beverage Service
For the Spring 2022 performance, there will be no Intermission or food/beverage service due to the duration of the performance.
Assigned volunteers will manage crowd flow as needed pre/post performance in the areas of: outside lineups, foyers, elevators, cloakroom, washrooms, concession and auditorium.