Gruff: An Outdoor Family Musical
The health, safety, and wellbeing of our artists, staff, and patrons is of the utmost importance.
Kaleidoscope Theatre for Young People has assessed our facility and operations in order to identify places where the risk of transmission is introduced.
Measures to reduce transmission have been incorporated into KTYP’s Safety plan including:
- Routine daily screening for all staff and artists.
- Routine and frequent environmental cleaning.
- Implementation of a range of options to reduce transmission including smaller production sizes; reduction of common touch points, strong focus in the daily routine on frequent washing of hands and other hygiene practices; smaller groups, and wearing of non-medical masks for group activities
- Explicit policy for artists and staff who have the symptoms of a cold, flu, or COVID-19.
Kaleidoscope Theatre for Young People’s (KTYP) Safety Plan is informed by WorkSafe BC’s Performing Arts: Protocols for Returning to Operation Arts, BC’s Restart Plan: Next Steps to Move BC Through the Pandemic, the BC COVID-19 Go-Forward Management Strategy, and is also in keeping with BC’s COVID-19 Go-Forward Management Checklist and information on WorkSafe BC’s COVID-19 Information and Resources and COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions websites.
UNDERSTANDING THE RISK
The virus that causes COVID-19 spreads in several ways, including through droplets when a person coughs or sneezes, and from touching a contaminated surface before touching the face. Higher risk situations require adequate protocols to address the risk.
- The risk of person-to-person transmission is increased the closer you come to other people, the amount of time you spend near them, and the number of people you come near.
- The risk of surface transmission is increased when many people contact the same surface, and when those contacts happen in short intervals of time.
PATRON and PERFORMANCE PROTOCOLS
- While GRUFF is a free event, all patrons must pre-book and receive their spots online at kaleidoscope.bc.ca or in-person prior to the performance if space allows. Information for each group, including name, phone number and email must be collected
- All patrons will be provided information about KTYP’s safety measures and our policies restricting people exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 and people who have come into contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 from the event before arriving.
- Staff will conduct a health check prior to patrons being seated. Patron’s with symptoms of COVID-19 will not be permitted to attend the production.
- Staff will be on hand to carefully monitor capacity and traffic flow.
- Upon arrival, patrons will be expected to line up. Signage and ground markers will encourage physical distancing and reinforce what is expected of patrons. These signs may include physical distancing reminders, COVID-19 signage, and handwashing guidelines.
- KTYP staff interacting with members of the public will wear face masks not only to reduce health risks, but also to serve as a visual reminder to the audience to take precautions. Hand sanitizer will be available for all Front of House staff and for Patrons.
- As the production takes place outdoors, patrons will not be required to wear a mask, but the practice is welcomed and encouraged.
- Messaging on event policies and procedures will be posted on site and through website, social media channels, KTYP’s ticket reservation site, emails, mobile apps, and signage.
- KTYP Audience Services Director will Include COVID-19 education and safety reminders where possible, including during the pre-show speech. The Audience Services Director will provide audience instruction prior to the show to emphasize changes and new expectations around audience behaviour, regular egress, emergency egress and washroom use.
- Seating areas will reflect an 8-foot distance between audience members. Seating will be allowed for groups of up to 6 patrons, provided they are from the same social “bubble.” Every seating area will have open aisle access.
- The front row of the audience will be placed a minimum of 12 feet from the stage.
- There will be no concession or Food Service available for Patrons.
- This production does not feature any theatrical smoke or haze… just singing Goats.
- KTYP Audience Services Staff will be positioned around the perimeter of the performance area to interact with passersby and prevent audiences from growing over the 40 person capacity. Passersby will be provided with information on future performances and will be encouraged to attend an alternate performance.
PLAYS & EVENTS
We acknowledge with respect the Lekwungen peoples on whose traditional territory Kaleidoscope works and the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.