About These Measures
We have taken enhanced health and safety measures—for you, our other volunteers, and others at MTS. Though this is different from how we are all used to operating, these new measures are designed to offer a bit of the theatre experience we all love in a responsible way.
We understand that these times are challenging, and we appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding as we navigate as responsibly as we can. Thank you for your continued support in whatever capacity you feel most comfortable. Together, we can find new ways to have fun while being diligent to maintain proper physical distancing.
Our Health and Safety Committee is dedicated to the research and staying up to date with every CDC and NMDOH guideline that is updated or changed.
Responsible Party Disclaimer
MTS will have a dedicated Health Coordinator for every production, a position which is not the Stage Manager, and the Coordinator is available for all rehearsals, to act in support of Covid compliance and the policies set forth by MTS. Anyone entering our building is doing so of their own free will. This includes volunteers, cast, crew, production team and patrons.
By participating at MTS you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.
COVID-19 General Warning
You must follow all safety instructions while participating in any project at MTS. An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and those with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable.
Overall Mandatory Health Guidelines:
All members will practice these to the best of their ability. All members are required to wash their hands or use the hand sanitizer provided every time they enter the building, including after short outdoor/smoke break. MTS will provide masks on a first come, first served basis. Volunteer participants in productions will do a daily check in before rehearsals and performances. The stage manager will be responsible for sanitizing all venue “touch points” (door handles, surfaces, chairs, props, music stands, piano, speakers, etc) before and after every rehearsal.
- The Health and Safety Coordinator designated for each production is the go to person for questions regarding Health and Safety policies and reporting of any illness.
- All members who are able (including cast, crew, and staff), are required to wear a face mask at all times during the production process, including while on stage.
- MTS requires all casts, crews, volunteers and people backstage to wear CDC approved medical grade disposable or multi layered cloth masks while in the building (see Mask Policy below).
- DIY masks need to be approved by the Health and Safety Coordinator before they can be used on stage.
- All members are strongly encouraged to wash their hands or use the hand sanitizer provided every time they enter the building, including after a short outdoor/smoke break.
- At this time, we ask anyone auditioning or participating in a production must show proof of vaccination.
Patrons / Seating
- Productions must follow the capacity limits set in place by the government (100 patrons maximum)
- Patrons are required to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or negative test result dated within 72 hours of performance or they are not allowed entrance to the building. For rentals, the lessee is required to validate vaccination status.
Prior to Entering the Building
All members will be responsible for green-lighting themselves before coming into Musical Theatre Southwest’s building for the day.
This consists of answering the following question:
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19. This list does not include all possible symptoms. Have you had any of the following symptoms in the past 7 days?
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
-Are you experiencing any of the previously stated symptoms?
-Have you been in contact with someone with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 symptoms without completing a 5-day CDC recommended quarantine from the start of symptoms?
-Are you under any self-quarantine orders under New Mexico’s guidelines?
Current policy is that everyone must remain masked while in the building, unless being recorded. *At this time, no recordings are being done.
- Well-fitting masks must be worn by actors while they perform for all productions that happen at MTS.
- MTS does not approve of masks that are vinyl/plastic, have vents/valves, gaiters nor bandanas.
MTS is dedicated to openly sharing our safety measures with our community, as well as our desire to remain answerable to all state health mandates regarding Covid compliance.
If you have any questions regarding these safety measures, please contact our Health and Safety Committee Chair, Lando Ruiz at [email protected] for more information. Let’s stay safe and create meaningful new art!