Public Health Update
As of August 18, 2021
Village Theatre announced today that it joins area performing arts organizations — including ACT – A Contemporary Theatre, The 5th Avenue Theatre, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle Opera, Seattle Rep, the Seattle Symphony, and more — in requiring masks and vaccinations or a negative COVID-19 test for all attendees to its performances in order to ensure a safe and successful return of the greater Seattle area arts scene. Village Theatre anticipates vaccination and masking provisions to remain in place for the foreseeable future and expects to review these policies on an ongoing basis, evolving them as need be.
“As we continue to reopen the doors of our theatres, we are taking steps that prioritize the safety, wellness, and health of our guests, staff, artists, and students,” Executive Producer, Robb Hunt said. “We will be diligent about monitoring the latest news and developments surrounding public health and safety, and our COVID safety plans will evolve alongside government recommendations.”
Children younger than 12 years, individuals with a medical condition, or individuals with a closely held religious belief preventing vaccination can instead provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of the performance start time or a negative COVID-19 antigen test taken within 24 hours of the performance start time. Self-reported negative test results that are not from a test provider, a laboratory, or a health care provider cannot be accepted.
The following are acceptable as proof of full vaccination (for persons over the age of 12):
- Vaccination card (which includes name of person vaccinated, type of vaccine provided and date last dose administered).
- A photo of a vaccination card as a separate document.
- A photo of the attendee’s vaccine card stored on a phone or electronic device.
- Documentation of vaccination from a healthcare provider electronic health record or state Immunization Information System record.
The following are acceptable as proof of a negative COVID-19 test result (for children under 12 and those with medical or religious exemptions):
- Printed document (from the test provider or laboratory).
- An email or text message displayed on a phone or electronic device from the test provider or laboratory. The information provided should include name of person tested, type of test performed, and date of negative test result.
These new policies are an addition to Village Theatre’s existing COVID safety plan, which includes such protective measures as upgrades and setting adjustment to meet air ventilation requirements and increased cleaning protocols. These measures, as well as the masking and vaccination policies, are the result of careful monitoring of public health data and take into serious consideration that Village Theatre does not only produce live theatre, but that it is also home to KIDSTAGE, Village Theatre’s expansive youth education program, which educates thousands of children under the age of 12, an entirely unvaccinated population.
KIDSTAGE has an existing set of safety guidelines and operating procedures that all in-person programming must follow – those guidelines include:
- Required daily health screenings for students and staff members, and temperatures taken at the door.
- Buildings are not open to guardians, siblings, or visitors.
- Class sizes are limited, based on safe social distancing in each classroom.
- Masks are required to be worn at all times on-site.
- All on-site personnel (students, staff, instructors) are expected to follow social distancing guidelines.
- KIDSTAGE and Village Theatre perform rigorous cleaning, per CDC guidelines.
- Frequent hand washing and sanitizing takes place.
- Windows are open in the classroom whenever possible to allow for constant fresh air.
- Drop-offs and pick-ups are managed outside of our buildings.
Village Theatre will ensure compliance with health and safety protocols, and will continue to adapt as guidelines evolve.