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We know how important theatre classes are - 

And we do not want that to be forgotten during this time of uncertainty.

On July 6, 2020, we will be bringing classes back to the Kelowna Actors Studio. 

If we are unable to gather for performances we will do a complimentary live feed that you can share with family no matter where they reside.

We are in the process of working out the details and will keep you posted as we know more.

We are closely following the guidelines suggested by Worksafe BC, Interior Health and School District 23. 

Policies put in place to safely return to the Studio:

• If required there will be 2 entrances one exterior up the stairs to the Rehearsal Hall/Classroom and the second set of front doors into the lobby.
• The Lobby will be closed, parents will be asked to wait on the street or in their cars for drop off and pick up. Please note if another family member or friend is picking up we must be made aware ahead of time
• Hand sanitizer will be stationed in the lobby, Rehearsal Hall/Classroom and washrooms and in common areas. It will be part of our routine for all to use them.
• Students are to supply their own lunches (We are a nut free zone). No food is to be shared and must be kept in a separate lunch container or bag.
• Each student must supply their own highlighter, pencil, eraser and must have their own pencil case
• Each student must have a knapsack that all their belongings will be kept in. Please ensure there is enough room for any clothings/shoes they may come to class with.
• A squared area on the floor will be marked for where they can place their bags
• Teachers will thoroughly clean floors, door handles, bathrooms etc. regularly
• If further social distancing is required the class may be split into 2 groups one in the Rehearsal Hall/Classroom and one on Stage
• Choreography and Blocking (movement of the actors) will have a NO contact rule
• Teachers will assist in social distancing
• Water stations will be closed-- students must bring a full water bottle, and
absolutely NO sharing of water bottles allowed
• Zero tolerance attendance policy for sick staff and students
• To avoid the sharing of costumes/hats etc. children will be asked to supply black shoes (Dance, character or dress), black pants/skirt, Kelowna Actors Studio is happy to supply a coloured t-shirt with logo free of charge that they can keep as a memento.

International Travel

Students and staff returning from international travel, including the US
The province is currently recommend to consider avoiding non-essential trips. The provincial health website has more information and advice for those who do make the decision to travel.
As of March 15, 2020, any students or staff who have returned to BC (Kelowna) from out of country travel, including by land, are asked to follow the province's recommendation of 14-day self-quarantine.
For our staff in this position, we are not requiring medical notes. We are asking for open and honest communication, so that people entering our workplaces are doing so in a safe manner.
Please inform the Teacher or Box Office ASAP

How does COVID-19 spread? 

Human coronaviruses cause infections of the nose, throat and lungs. They are most commonly spread from an infected person through:
respiratory droplets generated when you cough or sneeze
close, prolonged personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
touching something with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands
Government of Canada website

Who is most at risk? 

We are learning more about how COVID-19 affects people every day. Older people, and people with chronic medical conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease, appear to be more at risk of developing severe symptoms. As this is a new virus, we are still learning about how it affects children. We know it is possible for people of any age to be infected with the virus, but so far there are relatively few cases of COVID-19 reported among children. 

What is the treatment for COVID-19? 

There is no currently available vaccine for COVID-19. However, many of the symptoms can be treated and getting early care from a healthcare provider can make the disease less dangerous. 

Implement social distancing practices that may include:

• Staggering the beginning and end of the class day
• Avoid large groups in the Lobby
• Cancelling assemblies, sports games and other events that create crowded conditions until deemed possible
• Teach and model creating space and avoiding unnecessary touching
• Establish procedures if students or staff become unwell
• Plan ahead with local health authorities, health staff and update emergency
contact lists.
• Ensure a procedure for separating sick students and staff from those who are well – without creating stigma – and a process for informing parents/caregivers, and consulting with health care providers/health authorities wherever possible.
• Students/staff may need to be referred directly to a health facility, depending on the situation/context, or sent home.
• Share procedures with staff, parents and students ahead of time.
• Promote information sharing
• Coordinate and follow guidelines from the national health and education authorities.
• Reinforce that caregivers should alert the school and health care authorities if someone in their home has been diagnosed with COVID-19 and keep their child at home.
• Address children’s questions and concerns, including through the development of child-friendly materials such as posters which can be placed on notice boards, in restrooms, and other central locations.
• Adapt policies where appropriate
• Address Mental Health/Psychosocial support needs
• Guide students on how to support their peers and prevent exclusion and bullying.
• Ensure teachers are aware of local resources for their own well-being.
• Be aware of fake information/myths that may circulate by word-of-mouth or online.
• Notify the school of your child’s absence and if they have symptoms of COVID
• Track hand washing
• Have children sit further apart from one another, have them practice stretching their arms out or ‘flap their wings’, they should keep enough space to not touch their friends.

Thank you. We want to make your Studio experience a SAFE, POSITIVE and HEALTHY one.

Personal Protective Equipment:

▪    Every Theatre Staff member will be wearing proper protective equip-ment as physical distancing might not always be possible.
▪    While Public Health authorities have not mandated the use of face masks, Guests are encouraged to wear one if they deem it appropri-ate.
Please stay home:
▪    if you or anyone you have been in contact with, have COVID-19
▪    if you show any symptoms of illness such as fever, chills, shortness of breath or cough
  

THEATRE TICKETS

▪    We encourage Guests to purchase their  tickets in advance at KELOWNAACTORSSTUDIO.COM or by calling 250-862-2867. 
▪    Please note we will have Reserved Seating for all patrons.

PLAN YOUR ARRIVAL

▪    To achieve the recommended physical distancing for our Guests, we ask that you arrive no sooner than 30 minutes prior to your scheduled showtime.
▪    If you arrive earlier, you may be asked to remain outside the theatre until your theatre is ready for seating.

AT THE THEATRE—PHYSICAL DISTANCE AND HYGIENE

▪    Please follow all directional and physical distancing signs, and the guidance of our Staff members as you move from the front doors, to concession, to your seat, and finally when you exit the theatre follow-ing the production.
▪    Throughout the theatre, we have installed protective safety shields at interaction points to safeguard both our Guests and our Crew mem-bers.
▪    We have temporarily removed lobby seating for added Guest safety.
▪    Hand sanitizer will be available throughout your theatre experience including at the entries, concessions, and washrooms.

IN-THEATRE SEATING 

To ensure physical distancing and provide a safe and enjoyable theatre-going experience, we have made the following changes:
▪    Reduced the capacity of all theatres by over 50% . Theatre capacity will vary to adhere to provincial and municipal occupancy guidelines
▪    Traditional seating locations will have 2 metres between parties group of seats and alternating rows blocked off.
▪    To comply with British Columbia’s health regulations, our auditorium occupancy will be reduced to 30%.
▪    Proper areas to eliminate congestion in the lobby and auditorium.
▪    Family members of the same household, and cohorts as permitted by Provincial health authorities, may seat themselves within the block of adjoining seats. Please remember to respect physical distancing of your fellow Guests.
▪    When the play is over, we ask that you follow the instructions of the KAS Staff member or all directional signage and exit by row to ensure proper physical distancing.
▪    Alternative exit paths will be used wherever possible to minimize over-lap with arriving Guests.

OUR CAST AND CREW

▪    Our Fit for Work policy requires that each Staff member complete a health questionnaire to confirm they have not been exposed to any-one with COVID-19, and are symptom-free before they enter the thea-tre and start their shift.
▪    Every Staff member will always be wearing proper protective equip-ment which will be supplied by KAS for its Staff members.
▪    Every KAS Staff member will be required to wash their hands every 30 minutes.

ENHANCED CLEANING

▪    As an enhanced cleaning practice, we will be disinfecting our auditori-ums, seating surfaces, washrooms and common areas for use against SARS-CoV-2, the Coronavirus that causes COVID-19.
▪    KAS will have a dedicated Hygiene Officer scheduled on each shift, with the sole responsibility of ensuring that cleaning and safety stand-ards are completed as scheduled and too specification.
▪    Only after the Manager on Duty or Hygiene Officer has inspected—and signed-off on the cleaning of the auditorium—will it be released to seat our next Guests.
▪    We have deployed additional cleaning Crew members who are dedi-cated to enhanced cleaning of high-contact areas throughout the theatre every 30 minutes.

CONCESSIONS

▪    We have reduced our menu to expedite your order and reduce lobby times.
▪    We have created queue lines—and markers within each line—to en-sure proper physical distancing.
▪    Our bar Staff members will hand-sanitize and wipe down their service area prior to serving each Guest.
▪    Please stand behind the queue line indicated, until you are called, to allow for our Staff member to clean the service area. Exit to your thea-tre following the directional signage provided.

DRINKS

▪    Self-serve beverage locations will be adapted by location to en-sure that we are providing recommended physical distancing and a hygienic experience.
▪    Crew-serve beverage service is unchanged with the exception that straws will be provided by your Crew member.

WASHROOMS

▪    Only 2 people may enter the washrooms at any given time.  All sinks and stalls are available. Alternate urinals will be closed to provide physical distancing.
▪    Please always respect others and maintain physical distancing when entering, occupying, and exiting the restrooms.

LEAVING THE THEATRE

To maintain physical distancing when exiting the theatre, we ask:
▪    When your show is over, please follow the instructions of the KAS Staff member or all directional signage and exit by row, starting at the front.
▪    After you exit the auditorium, additional directional signage will assist you to exit the theatre.
▪    As you exit the theatre please be kind - deposit your own garbage in the appropriate bins. Our staff members will truly appreciate your as-sistance in keeping our theatres clean for all Theatre Lovers.

PLEASE HELP EVERYONE ENJOY THEIR EXPERIENCE 

▪    PRACTISE PHYSICAL DISTANCING: Keep at least 2 metres (6 feet) from others.
▪    WASH YOUR HANDS OFTEN: Wash for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water aren't available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
▪    COUGHING/SNEEZING: Cough and sneeze into your elbow, NOT your hands. Throw any tissues you may use directly into the trash.
▪    CONSIDER WEARING A MASK: While not mandatory, consider a mask to protect yourself and others. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. 

THEATRE IS BETTER TOGETHER

We have implemented recommended hygiene and physical distancing pro-tocols throughout our theatre and in each auditorium, but we cannot guaran-tee your physical health. We ask that you do your part by observing all rec-ommended hygiene and physical distancing guidelines during your visit, and ask that you let us know if there is anything we can do to improve your experience.
 

General Information (From BC CDC)

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