Tidewater Players COVID-19 regulations

We ask all actors and staff, over the age of 12, to be vaccinated or to get their vaccinations.

Unvaccinated actors must wear a mask at all times.

Actors will not share costumes or mics during shows unless microphones are cleaned and disinfected.

Actors may be asked to supply base costumes.

All blocking will reflect social distancing guidelines where applicable.

Each day we shall be monitoring the health of staff and actors.

We will screen all staff and campers daily for symptoms and possible exposure to COVID-19.

Staff or actors who have tested positive for COVID-19, are symptomatic, or who have had a known exposure to a confirmed case of COVID-19 will be required to quarantine for 10 days according to CDC guidance.

We will be implementing the following guidelines:
● Actors will maintain 3 feet of physical distance, wherever and as often as possible.
● Staff and Actors unvaccinated must wear a mask at all times.
● If they can be worn safely and consistently, children under the age of 12 will wear face coverings.
● Unvaccinated audience members are required to wear a mask.

We will implement the following prevention and mitigation strategies to slow and limit COVID-19 exposure and spread:
• Cover your cough.
• Practice recommended regular and routine handwashing practices.
• Avoid use of items that are not easily cleaned and disinfected.
• Practice proper use, removal, and washing of cloth face coverings.
• Post signs with COVID-19 prevention and control practices.
• Provide policies and education on COVID-19 symptoms and response.
• Ensure adequate supplies of tissues, hand soap, alcohol-based hand sanitizer and household cleaning products suited for the facility.
• Any staff or actors exposed to a person diagnosed with a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 may not attend rehearsals or shows until they have completed self-quarantine following the CDC guidelines. Persons who have recovered from COVID-19, must be cleared for release from isolation according to CDC guidelines.
If a staff member or actor that is found to have a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 at the facility, we will quarantine following the CDC guidelines:
• Individuals may not work at or attend until completing self-quarantine and obtaining clearance from the individual’s primary care physician.
• Follow exposure control plans.
• Communicate with the local health department.
• Based on consultation with the local health department, the entire facility may be closed based on level of contact and potential exposure.
• Wait 24 hours, then complete an extra cleaning/disinfection of the facility, all areas not just high touch surfaces, and wait at least 5 days to bring in the next group.
• If a staff member or actor exhibits symptoms of COVID-19 during rehearsal or a show, we will safely isolate the person and ensure they are wearing a mask or face covering.

Camp changes due to COVID-19 regulations
If camp participation is over 50, our show will be Doubled cast and placed into groups- Cast 1 (25 Actors) and Cast 2 (25 Actors).

AUDITIONS will only be accepted via email in Video format- Video Auditions need to be submitted to tidewaterplayersyouthprograms@gmail.com on June 17th by 8pm. You may share it via google drive if that is better. Please prepare 16 measures from any musical theater show that features your range and 16 measures of a song from the show. Be sure to act the song as it will be your only form of auditioning.

If camp participation is over 50, camps will be split into half days; only actors will participate in each session. The public will not be permitted in our restricted areas. This includes family members of all campers.

If camp participation is over 50, each cast will be asked to report to either an AM (8:00-11:30) or PM (12:00-3:30) session. This will be rotating schedule. If you have AM on day one you will be PM the next.
No group of campers and staff will exceed 15 individuals at any time (unless MD state guidelines change).
Groups will not mix daily (unless MD state guidelines change).
Actors will not share costumes or mics during shows, unless microphones are cleaned and disinfected between performances.
Actors will be asked to supply base costumes.
All blocking will reflect social distancing guidelines.
Each day we shall be monitoring the health of staff and the health of campers.

We will screen all staff and campers daily for symptoms and possible exposure to COVID-19, using questions recommended by CDC.
Staff or children who have tested positive for COVID-19, are symptomatic, or who have had a known exposure to a confirmed case of COVID-19 will be excluded to this year’s camp according to CDC guidance.
We will keep a log of temperature and symptom screening for campers daily and maintain confidentiality of these records.

We will be implementing the following guidelines:
● Actors will maintain 3 feet of physical distance, wherever and as often as possible.
● Staff will wear face coverings.
● If they can be worn safely and consistently, children age 3 and older should wear face coverings.
● Staff, children, and parents shall wear face coverings when campers are arriving and leaving. Parents must wear masks during performances, unless the state of MD changes policy.
● Individuals from outside the camp are limited in their interactions with staff and campers, including parents during camper drop off/pick up.
• Parents/Guardians are to always stay on the first floor or outside the building during the camp day. For drop off and pick up, a camp staff member will meet parents/guardians at the front door of the opera house.
• Designated camp area will be restricted to outside public. Campers and staff will be the only people permitted in these areas.

We will implement the following prevention and mitigation strategies to slow and limit COVID-19 exposure and spread:
• Cover your cough
• Practice recommended regular and routine handwashing practices
• Avoid use of items that are not easily cleaned and disinfected
• Practice proper use, removal, and washing of cloth face coverings
• Post signs with COVID-19 prevention and control practices
• Provide policies and education on COVID-19 symptoms and response
• Ensure adequate supplies of tissues, hand soap, alcohol-based hand sanitizer and household cleaning products suited for the facility
▪ Do not mix campers or staff among groups (unless State of MD Changes Policy).
• Keep each group separate from other groups using physical distance or by using shared areas at different times.
• If different groups share areas (bathroom), these shared areas will be cleaned between groups, and a log will be kept detailing the cleaning date, time, and individual who does the cleaning.
We will be prepared for the following:
• We will be alert for heat-related signs and symptoms and consider additional protective measures for hot and Code Red days.
• Any staff or child exposed to a person diagnosed with a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 may not work or attend camp until they have completed self-quarantine following the CDC guidelines. Persons who have recovered from COVID-19, must be cleared for release from isolation according to CDC guidelines.
If a group has a staff member or a child that is found to have a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 at the facility, we will quarantine following the CDC guidelines:
• Individuals may not work at or attend until completing self-quarantine and obtaining clearance from the individual’s primary care physician.
• Follow exposure control plans in the camp’s health program.
• Communicate with the local health department and parents.
• Based on consultation with the local health department, the entire facility may be closed based on level of contact and potential exposure.
• Wait 24 hours, then complete extra cleaning/disinfection of the facility, all areas not just high touch surfaces, and wait at least 5 days to bring in the next group.
• If a staff member or a child develops symptoms of COVID-19 during camp, we will safely isolate the person and ensure they are wearing a mask or face covering.
• Contact the youth camp’s health supervisor and the parent/guardian and arrange for safe transportation to a healthcare facility or home.