COVID Information
Updated 3/7/22

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Our
Policy

BackStory Theatre follows the guidance of Broomfield Public Health and Environment.

As of February 9, 2022, the following policy will be in place with the understanding that requirements may change at any time. BackStory commits to clear, prompt communication around any changes affecting the health and safety of our participants and their families. We do not follow the policies of any particular school district as our community is served by multiple school districts.

Masking Guidelines:

BackStory Theatre is following federal, state and/or local orders on masking.

As of March 7, 2022:

Masks are still recommended in certain circumstances and for some individuals (those who are unvaccinated, immunocompromised, and/or live with someone with those conditions), and we strongly encourage anyone who meets those requirements to continue to mask in our programs. Anyone who would like to continue to wear a mask for any reason will be supported by our staff.

 

BackStory believes community is enriched by theatre and we deeply appreciate the support our participants continue to show for the varying needs of everyone in our programs.

As always, if a student has any signs or symptoms of illness; we ask that they attend rehearsals remotely and communicate with their teachers. If anyone in a participant’s household is experiencing symptoms of illness, the participant should mask during classes (see additional guidelines below).

This policy may change at any point as circumstances require.

 

Current Broomfield Public Health Guidelines:

City and County-Wide; all businesses and community members are asked to continue:

  • Staying up-to-date on vaccinations, 

  • Wearing surgical-grade KN95 masks when inside public spaces,

  • Following current isolation and quarantine protocols 

 

BackStory's Studio and performance policies are:

  • Occupancy of the building is restricted to registered participants, staff, and approved volunteers. Parents may hug and go outside the doors.

  • All individuals age 2 years and older are required to wear a face mask at all times.

 

  • If you are not feeling well, please, please do not attend our programs. Whenever possible, virtual attendance options will be made available for absent participation. THEATRE IS A TEAM ACTIVITY; STAYING HOME WHEN YOU’RE SICK IS SUPPORTING YOUR TEAM!

    • If you or anyone in your household are experiencing symptoms of illness (headache, sinus congestion or runny nose, fever, sore throat, cough, vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, etc.) please refrain from attending in person until all household members have been symptom free for at least 24 hours.

    • If anyone in a participant’s HOUSEHOLD has had a known or suspected exposure to COVID, the participant may continue to participate, while wearing a mask at all times, as long as they are symptom free and closely monitor their symptoms. Please tell us if this is happening.

    • If a PARTICIPANT has a known or suspected exposure to COVID, you will follow one of two protocols based on the participant’s vaccination status:

 

  • FULLY VACCINATED (& BOOSTED if eligible) –

You may attend programming as long as you remain symptom free AND you must get tested at least 5 days after being exposed. You should wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 days from the date of your last close contact with someone with COVID-19 (the date of last close contact is considered day 0).  If you test positive or develop COVID-19 symptoms, isolate from other people and follow the steps below for Positive COVID test.

 

  • UNVACCINATED (or Under-vaccinated)– you may NOT attend programming for at least 5 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19. If you are tested on day 5 and receive a negative test, you may return as early as day 7 as long as there are no symptoms. Mask wearing is required indoors at all times for all participants. Mask wearing will be required outdoors in BackStory programs through day 10. If you are not tested, you may return when you have been symptom free for 14 days from the last day of contact. If you experience symptoms at any time during that 14 day period, please get tested and begin your day-count over from the first day of symptoms (the day symptoms start is day 0).

  • Please let us know if you need assistance finding free COVID testing options.

 

  • If a PARTICIPANT tests positive for COVID, they must report that test to BackStory’s Executive Director for exposure notification immediately. The participant may not attend any programming until all three of the following criteria are met:

    • 10 days from the date symptoms first appeared; AND

    • fever-free (unmedicated) for a full five days and/or 24 hours without a fever (unmedicated) if fever persists beyond 5 days; AND

    • Symptoms are improving.

 

  • Participants will be notified via email as soon as possible if they’ve been exposed through a BackStory program. Exposure is defined as being within 6 feet for more than 15 cumulative minutes within a 24 hour period.

  • BackStory uses a UV-C and HEPA air filter in the primary studio and is committed to regular cleaning of high touch surfaces, restrooms, and shared spaces with COVID appropriate cleaning supplies.

  • Please refrain from eating inside the studio; where appropriate, snack breaks may be taken outdoors. All participants are welcome to bring a closed, reusable water bottle labeled with their name to activities. No other beverages are allowed in the studio.

  • If a participant misses more than two weeks of programming due to COVID, class credits will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.

  • If a significant number of program participants are quarantining, the program may be moved to an online platform to allow equal participation.

  • Public performances will be approached using appropriate guidance for “Public Spaces” as defined by Broomfield Public Health and Environment on an ongoing basis.

 

Additional Detail from the CDC Website as of January 7, 2022 on

Who should quarantine:

If you come into close contact with someone with COVID-19, you should quarantine if you are in one of the following groups:

  • You are ages 18 or older and completed the primary series of recommended vaccine, but have not received a recommended booster shot when eligible.

  • You received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine (completing the primary series) over 2 months ago and have not received a recommended booster shot.

  • You are not vaccinated or have not completed a primary vaccine series.

Resources

THEATRE IS A TEAM ACTIVITY - STAYING HOME WHEN YOU’RE SICK IS SUPPORTING YOUR TEAM!

Major Symptoms

     *  Fever (100.4+)

     *  Cough

     *  Chills or feeling feverish

     *  Loss of taste or smell

Minor Symptoms

     *  Sore Throat

     *  Headache

     *  Muscle/body aches/pain

     *  Diarrhea

     *  Vomiting/nausea

     *  Feeling extremely tired