There are a number of actions Whim W’Him is taking to help lower the risk of COVID-19 exposure and reduce the spread during rehearsals. The more people a person interacts with, the closer the physical interaction, the more sharing of equipment there is by multiple individuals, and the longer that interaction, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spread. Therefore, risk of COVID-19 spread can be different, depending on the type of activity. The way dancers and staff rehearse, and the way equipment is shared can influence the spread of COVID-19. The goal of this document is to minimize risk wherever possible and create procedures for monitoring and responding to potential cases of COVID-19.
Assessing the risk of spread, please consider:
Physical closeness of dancers, and the length of time that dancers are close to each other or to staff.
Amount of necessary touching of shared equipment and gear (e.g. mats or water bottles).
Ability to engage in social distancing while not actively engaged in dancing (e.g. during breaks, while others are rehearsing).
Dancers and staff at higher risk of developing serious disease.
Size of the group rehearsing together.
Nonessential visitors, spectators, and/or volunteers will not be allowed unless tested.
Whim W’Him is implementing several strategies to encourage behaviors that reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Contact tracing, recognizing signs and symptoms
Fill the 20/21 COVID 19 – Contact Tracing – Whim W’Him Dancers Log daily
Fill the COVID 19 – Whim W’Him Dancers daily self-attestation when rehearsing in person
Staying home when appropriate
If you, your partner, or roommate have symptoms (i.e., fever, cough, or shortness of breath) please notify Keri, Olivier and/or Karl, and STAY HOME.
Also please notify your secondary employment managers.
Identifying and maintaining Whim W’Him isolation cell
Avoid contact with other people or groups as much as possible.
Consistent with applicable law and privacy policies, please self-report to Keri, Olivier and/or Karl if you have symptoms of COVID-19, a positive test for COVID-19, or were exposed to someone with COVID-19 within the last 14 days in accordance with health information sharing regulations for COVID-19.
Whim W’Him leave policies are flexible and not punitive for taking time off; we will allow sick employees to stay home and away from co-workers.
Return-to-work after COVID-19 illness and/or exposure needs to be approved by staff following the CDC’s criteria to discontinue home isolation and quarantine.
Hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette
Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
If soap and water are not readily available, hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol can be used (for dancers and staff who can safely use hand sanitizer).
Cloth face coverings
We are encouraging the use of cloth face coverings. Wearing cloth face coverings is most important when physical distancing is difficult.
Face coverings are not intended to protect the wearer, but rather to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 from the person wearing the mask (who may not have any symptoms of disease).
Face coverings may be challenging for dancers to wear while rehearsing but should be worn whenever possible.
Face coverings should be worn by staff at all times.
People wearing face coverings should be reminded to not touch the face covering and to wash their hands frequently.
Information will be provided to all participants on the proper use, removal, and washing of cloth face coverings.
Whenever possible, we will use flexible rehearsal sites and flexible work hours (e.g. staggered schedules) to help with physical distancing between dancers, and dancers and staff.