3/11 Updated Statement on COVID-19

By March 11, 2020Uncategorized

COVID-19 Updated Statement

Based on today’s announcement by Governor Inslee, Unexpected Productions Improv and Improv School are implementing the following steps to protect the health and safety of our audience, students, teachers, improvisers and staff members:

  • Due to the closure of and unknown reopening of the Redmond Community Center, Eastside improv classes at the Redmond Community Center will be canceled until the Summer Quarter. Full refunds will be offered to all Eastside students unless they wish to transfer to the Georgetown location.
  • Classes at the Georgetown School will be postponed for 4 weeks and will be starting on the week of April 27th. Full refunds will be offered to those who are unable to adjust their schedule.
  • Based on the 250-seat protocol established by the Governor, the 200 seat Market Theater at Pike Place Market will offer performances on its regular weekly show schedule. We have decreased the number of seats available for each performance allowing for social distancing.
  • This a critical time for the city, we hope to offer a respite from the stress with some laughter and safe camaraderie in a safe sanitized environment.

We are following the criteria of the Washington State Health Department by continuing to sanitize the theatre and lobby before and after each performance, paying attention to the commonly touched surfaces like door handles, railings, seats, faucets, ticketing equipment, and bathrooms.

Additional Steps We’re Taking:

  • Active and ongoing monitoring of the disease and recommendations from the CDC, WHO, Public Health – Seattle & King County, and the City of Seattle’s Mayor’s Office
  • As mentioned, prior to each show, we disinfect the lobby and seats in the theater.
  • We have sanitized wipes available for patrons use at the bar and box office.
  • Any staff member who is sick is required to stay at home.
  • We have soap and hot water in our restroom facilities.
  • We are encouraging patrons to stay home if they feel unwell.
  • Implementing the Washington State Governor’s directions on the new limits on large gatherings and other emergency strategies to slow the spread of COVID-19
  • Older and vulnerable individuals have been encouraged not to attend
  • Recommendations for social distancing and limiting close contact are met
  • Employees or volunteers leading an event are screened for symptoms each day
  • Proper hand washing, sanitation, and cleaning is readily available
  • Environmental cleaning guidelines are followed (e.g., clean and disinfect high touch surfaces daily or more frequently)

Steps You Can Take:

  • Thoroughly and carefully washing your hands before and after arriving at the theater.
  • Washing hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.
  • Use the sanitized wipes at the lobby and bar.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands. Avoid contact with people who are sick. Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
  • Staying home if you have a fever, cough, or any other serious symptoms (email or message us if you need to stay home- we will not penalize you for staying home if you’re sick).
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; discard the tissue immediately into a closed bin.
  • Consider your social distancing when seating in the theater.
  • If you are feeling unwell, stay home and reschedule for another day
  • Viruses know no nationality or borders; if you see someone being disrespectful to any audience members, please alert a staff member.

If health authorities issue advice urging folks to stay home or avoid non-essential activities, we will respond appropriately and may cancel shows and other scheduled activities in order to protect the health and safety of our community. But right now, we are performing as scheduled and look forward to creating some laugher with you.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to contact us 206.587.2414 or info@unexpectedproductions.org.

Just like improv, we can’t do this without you. We are implementing these procedures to help keep everyone safe. Thank you for being a part of the Unexpected Productions community.