Vaccination Policy

Context

Modified May 25, 2022.

Effective October 12, 2021, the TAP Board voted to implement a vaccination policy as we return to live theater to ensure our patron's health and security, as well as the safety of our performers and staff. We are in a new age of theater post-pandemic. We are delighted to bring live theater back to our audiences, but we are aware that everyone’s comfort level may vary at this time. Due to the shifting nature of the pandemic, these protocols and guidelines may change. To preserve everyone’s health and safety, we will be abiding by all CDC guidelines during the rehearsal and performance process, in addition to limitations imposed by our rehearsal and performance venues. Please read below for information on our requirements for various individuals. If you have any questions, please contact our president at president@thearlingtonplayers.org.

For ALL Patrons:

Mask and Proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 is required to attend all indoor performances. Audience members may display proof of vaccination by showing a physical copy or a photo on a smartphone of the vaccination card or official vaccination record, along with a photo ID, such as a driver’s license or passport. Patrons younger than 18 may present a school photo ID. Those under 5 must be accompanied by an adult who meets the above requirements. Exemptions will be available for those unable to be vaccinated such as children under 5, those with certain medical conditions preventing vaccination, or those with closely held religious beliefs that prevent vaccination. These patrons must provide proof of a negative COVID 19 test taken within 24 hours before performance start time. For more information about testing, please visit the Arlington County website on COVID testing: https://health.arlingtonva.us/covid-19-coronavirus-updates/covid-19-testing/.

To get a vaccine, please visit your jurisdiction’s website:

https://vaccinate.virginia.gov/

https://coronavirus.dc.gov/page/get-vaccinated

https://coronavirus.maryland.gov/pages/vaccine

Please be advised that it is the responsibility of the ticket purchaser to communicate these rules to whomever they may be providing tickets. At this time, we are not able to seat patrons who do not arrive with proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test within 24 hours of arrival at the theater.

FAQs:

What tests are accepted, and how do I share the results?

  • Unvaccinated patrons must show a negative COVID-19 test.
  • Your test must list your name, results, and a timestamp within 24 hours of your performance time.
  • Your results must show negative or no evidence of COVID-19 infection.
  • Please come with a digital or print copy of your negative results and be prepared to show a staff member.

What if I test positive for or am exposed to COVID-19?

TAP follows the recommendations set forth by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Virginia Department of Health (VDH). The most up-to-date information can be found at this link.

Masks are required at all times for all patrons and visitors regardless of vaccination status.

“Full vaccination” means that either 14 days have passed since receiving the second dose of FDA or WHO authorized double-dose vaccines or that 14 days have passed since receiving the sole dose of FDA or WHO authorized single-dose vaccines.

Ticket holders who do not comply with these policies will not be admitted.

For Auditionees:

All auditionees must show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 24 hours of the audition they are attending. Auditionees may display proof of vaccination by showing a physical copy or a photo on a smartphone of the vaccination card or official vaccination record, along with a photo ID, such as a driver’s license or passport. Auditionees younger than 18 may present a school photo ID. Unvaccinated auditionees must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test no more than 24 hours prior to auditioning. We request for auditions that everyone remain six feet apart whenever possible and wear a mask unless instructed to remove the mask at auditions.

For Board Members, Cast, Crew, and Volunteers:

Vaccinated participants need to provide proof of vaccination by showing a physical copy or a photo on a smartphone of the vaccination card or official vaccination record to the stage manager, producer or board member. Unvaccinated participants must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 24 hours of the event they are attending.

Rehearsals: During large rehearsals participants must keep their mask on at all times, however during rehearsals where small groups are called (your production team will advise which rehearsals fall into this category) you may choose what you are most comfortable with, wearing a mask or not. .

Other Events: Mask may be worn at the participants risk and discretion within the building regulations.

If you are feeling unwell and waiting on a COVID test, immediately contact your Producer and Stage Manager. Do NOT come to rehearsal until your test comes back negative. Our priority is the safety of everyone working with TAP. Though we’ll be sad to miss you at rehearsal, we are committed to protecting everyone as best we can while we produce live theater.

If you have been exposed to COVID, please follow CDC guidance.

  • If you are vaccinated or have previously had a confirmed COVID case in the last 90 days and have finished isolation: wear a mask for the next 10 days, get tested after day 5 and watch for symptoms, if you have any symptoms stay home.
  • If you are not fully vaccinated: stay home and isolate for at least 5 days, wear a mask for the next 10 days, get tested after day 5 and watch for symptoms, and if you have any symptoms stay home.

Do not come to any event if you have:

  • A new fever (100.4°F or higher) or a sense of having a fever.
  • A new cough that cannot be attributed to another health condition.
  • New shortness of breath or difficulty breathing that cannot be attributed to another health condition.
  • New chills that cannot be attributed to another health condition.
  • A new sore throat that cannot be attributed to another health condition.
  • New muscle aches (myalgia) that cannot be attributed to another health condition or specific activity (such as physical exercise).
  • A new loss of taste or smell.

If any of the above apply to you, do not enter any rehearsal or performance space.

During the run of the show:

  1. Anyone backstage, must show proof of a negative COVID test before entering the building each week (at home COVID test will be provided to the cast and crew) regardless of vaccination status.
  2. When backstage everyone will wear a mask, except in designated areas.
  3. Actors may take off their mask before going on stage, but should put their mask back on once they have exited the stage.