Covid-19 Guidelines

MSMT COVID-19 GUIDELINES

Last updated: May 21, 2021

Maine State Music Theatre is following State of Maine and Federal Center for Disease Control COVID-19 guidelines.

Public health guidance will continue to evolve as we learn which mitigation strategies most effectively reduce transmission risk. If the State of Maine and Federal CDC makes changes to its guidelines, MSMT will update this document.

No single measure or action will completely prevent transmission of COVID-19. Use of multiple strategies—sometimes called layered mitigation—provides greater protection than implementing a single strategy alone. When multiple mitigation strategies—including masking, physical distancing, hand hygiene, and ventilation—are consistently and correctly used, risk of transmission for unvaccinated individuals is decreased.

For the latest information on travel policies and Executive Orders related to COVID-19 visit the State of Maine Office of the Governor’s COVID-19 Response website: https://www.maine.gov/covid19.

Vaccines

All employees and Educational Fellowship Participants must be fully vaccinated against the Covid-19 virus prior to arrival in Maine.  A copy of your vaccination card must be submitted to the Company Manager prior to arrival in Maine and having passed the 14- day waiting period after the second shot.

Any audience member who is not vaccinated must wear a mask at all times while inside the theater.

Masks

Individuals who are not fully vaccinated for COVID-19 are encouraged to wear a mask, per U.S. CDC recommendations and any relevant Federal requirements.

Patrons and visitors over the age of 2 who are not fully vaccinated must:

  • Wear a mask correctly and consistently for the duration of their time in the facility.

Patrons and staff who ARE fully vaccinated are not required to wear a mask unless they experience cold or flu-like symptoms or have a positive COVID-19 test.

Hand Hygiene

Employees should wash hands (at least 20 seconds with soap and water) or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol) often, especially between contact with customers and customer items and the following:

  • Before eating or preparing food
  • Before touching your face
  • After using the restroom
  • After leaving a public place
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • After handling your mask

MSMT provides access to hand washing areas for staff, vendors, and customers. MSMT provides hand sanitizer in multiple locations around work and public spaces.

Ventilation

MSMT has the ventilation systems inspected, adjusted, and Air Balance Report Certified by engineers from Central Air Balance.

Signage

Signage is placed at entrances and throughout buildings alerting staff and visitors to mask policies, symptoms of COVID-19, and what to do if they are feeling ill.

Contact Tracing

To facilitate contact tracing by the Maine CDC, MSMT maintains a record of information about all audience members and staff, including one customer’s name and contact information per party, the date they were in the establishment, and the staff who had direct, prolonged interaction with them.

Based on current scientific knowledge, a close contact is someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a total of 15 minutes or more starting from 48 hours before illness onset until the time the patient is isolated. An individual is also considered a close contact if they provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19, had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them), shared eating or drinking utensils, or if the person sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on them.

Cleaning and Disinfection

  • MSMT provides adequate supplies (e.g., soap, paper towels, hand sanitizer, tissue) to support healthy hygiene practices and cleaning and disinfection procedures.
  • Cleaning and disinfection efforts focus on routine cleaning of frequently touched objects (e.g., doorknobs, light switches, countertops, tables, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, sinks, etc.)
  • Staff who handle customer items should clean hands after contact with items.
  • When no people with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 are known to have been in a space, MSMT will clean once per day to sufficiently remove virus that may be on surfaces and help maintain a healthy facility.
  • MSMT will clean more frequently in shared spaces if the space is a high traffic area or if certain conditions apply that can increase the risk of infection from touching surfaces.
  • If there is a sick person or someone who tests positive for COVID-19 within the last 24 hours, MSMT will clean AND disinfect the space.

Screening

  • Employees who have cold or flu-like symptoms or symptoms of COVID-19 should notify the company manager immediately and stay home. MSMT will provide a COVID-19 test for anyone with any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 and for all close contacts of persons with COVID-19.
  • Employees who are sick with COVID-19 should isolate and follow guidelines for home isolation. If in shared housing, MSMT company management will arrange for isolation in another location and for the room or rooms to be thoroughly disinfected.
  • MSMT company management will connect the employee with a medical professional who will determine their care
  • MSMT company management will provide written guidance on how to manage isolation and when to get emergency care.
  • Employees who are asymptomatic (have no symptoms) or pre-symptomatic (not yet showing symptoms) but have tested positive for COVID-19 infection should also isolate.
  • Employees should not return to work until the criteria to discontinue home isolationare met:
      • At least 10 days* have passed since symptom onset and
      • At least 24 hours have passed since resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
      • Other symptoms have improved.
      • Negative test after 10 days have passed
  • Employees who are well but who have a sick household member with COVID-19 should notify the company manager.
  • Supervisors will ask all workers to self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms using either of the following approaches:
      • An electronic or app-based self-screening form, such as the Coronavirus Self-Checker available on the MSMT Company website page.

Staff Training

MSMT has 10 COVID-19 Compliance Officers (each member of the full-time annual staff) who will act as a liaison for anyone with questions, concerns, and to implement MSMT’s COVID-19 guidelines.

MSMT provides all employees training on:

    • monitoring personal health
    • proper wear, removal, and disposal of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) if applicable
    • cleaning protocols, including how to safely and effectively use cleaning supplies

Shared Transportation

  • MSMT provides transportation for our company members to our Pickard and Westbrook facilities and encourages – but does not mandate – mask wearing during these rides. Since all company members are vaccinated the risk of riding in vehicles with other company members is minimal.
  • Riding in vehicles with individuals from outside of the company presents a risk of COVID-19 transmission because of the inability to maintain physical distance and potentially poor ventilation in the vehicle. All occupants of the vehicle should wear a mask for the duration of the ride. This is required by the U.S. CDC for all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, in public transportation.
  • MSMT will disinfect all vehicles at least once per day and provide hand sanitizer before and after the ride.

In Case of Illness

  • MSMT provides guidance to know the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and what to do if staff become symptomatic at the workplace.
  • MSMT encourages employees to stay home and notify workplace administrators when sick (MSMT provides non-punitive sick leave options to allow staff to stay home when ill).
  • MSMT reviews and updates workplace plans to include leave policies for people with COVID-19 symptoms.
  • When an employee feels ill:
      • Employees should not come to work with symptoms of COVID-like illness.
      • Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.
        • People with these symptoms or combinations of symptoms may have COVID-19:
        • Cough
        • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
      • Or at least two of these symptoms:
        • Fever
        • Chills
        • Repeated shaking with chills
        • Muscle pain
        • Headache
        • Sore throat
        • New loss of taste or smell
  • When an employee or member of the public becomes ill in any of our establishments:
      • MSMT has a plan for a space where the individual can be isolated until transferred to home or health care facility and provided a mask, if available and tolerated.
      • MSMT will encourage the individual to call their health care provider and get tested for COVID-19, if appropriate.
      • If the individual needs urgent medical attention (e.g., if individual is having difficulty breathing), MSMT will call 911.
  • MSMT will work with public health officials to determine which employees may have had close contact with the employee with COVID-19 and who may need to take additional precautions, including exclusion from work and remaining at home. If an employee makes an employer aware that they tested positive for COVID-19, MSMT will call the Maine CDC at 1-800-821-5821.
  • MSMT will inform employees of their possible close contact (within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with someone with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 infection in the workplace, but maintain confidentiality as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)external icon.
  • Exposed employees (close contacts) must self-monitor for symptoms.
  • MSMT will follow the CDC guidelines for quarantine for any positive test, either 7-day or 14- day quarantine as are described in the Options to Reduce Quarantine for Contacts of Persons with SARS-CoV-2 Infection Using Symptom Monitoring and Diagnostic Testing.

Questions about these guidelines can be directed to Artistic Director Curt Dale Clark at artd@msmt.org.