The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis COVID Safety Guidelines

The Rep’s top priority for reopening is the health and safety of our staff, artists and audiences. We have missed you all very much over the past year, but we have been working diligently to ensure that we can bring live performances back to the stage safely. 

This plan has been approved by St. Louis County. It is developed in alignment with the guidelines of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services’ Show Me Strong Business Pledge, the St. Louis County public health orders and reopening guidelines for entertainment venues, and Missouri ArtsSafe.

Special thanks to The Rep’s medical advisors for this plan, Dr. Stephen Liang and Dr. Joseph Cherabie of Washington University Medical School’s Infectious Disease department.

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Core Safety Principles

  • Reduced Contact
  • Social Distancing
  • Masks
  • Sanitizing and Disinfecting
  • Health Screenings
  • Staff Training

Audience Experience

  • REDUCED CAPACITY:
    • Seating is limited to about 30% capacity
    • Pairs from the same household will be seated together, with at least 6 feet of empty seats between households.
  • MASKS:
    • All guests must wear masks at all times on the COCA campus in both indoor and outdoor spaces.
  • HEALTH SCREENING:
    • All guests are screened at the COCA entrance with contactless temperature checks; self-reporting if they have had or been exposed in the past 14 days; self-reporting any symptoms, such as cough, loss of taste/smell, etc. Those reporting symptoms or presenting with a temperature above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit will not be granted entrance.
  • NO- or LOW-CONTACT:
    • Guests are encouraged to use our digital ticketing option.
    • Playbills will be digital, accessible via smartphone.
  • SOCIAL DISTANCING:
    • All areas where guests are queued will be marked for appropriate physical distancing. This includes, but is not limited to, entrances, box office, registration, exhibits, lobbies, and performance venue entrances.
  • STAFF TRAINING:
    • Staff on site will be available to help guests navigate the updated experience. All front of house staff have trained on COVID safety guidelines and best practices. We are here for you!

Artists

  • REDUCED CAPACITY:
    • All work spaces will be operated at 25% capacity, in order to allow for social distancing and to improve ventilation.
  • MASKS:
    • Artists will wear masks at all times, except when they are rehearsing or performing on stage.
  • HEALTH SCREENING:
    • Artists will take a daily online health screening, and have their temperature taken when they arrive on site.
  • NO- or LOW-CONTACT:
    • Until such a time as it is safe, Rep productions will not include post-show conversations or other interactive events where artists come into contact with the audience.
  • SOCIAL DISTANCING:
    • At least 6 feet of distance will be maintained between artists and the audience.
    • Artists will maintain 6 foot distances from one another, except when they are rehearsing or performing.
  • TESTING:
    • Fully vaccinated artists will be tested for COVID-19 weekly.
    • Artists who are not fully vaccinated will be tested for COVID-19 three times per week.

Rep Staff

  • REDUCED CAPACITY:
    • Staff continue to operate on a hybrid work plan. All staff who are able to complete their duties remotely will continue to do so. Only staff whose work requires them to be on site will return to work in person.
  • MASKS:
    • Staff will wear masks at all times.
  • HEALTH SCREENING:
    • Staff working on site will take a daily online health screening, and have their temperature taken when they arrive on site.
  • NO- or LOW-CONTACT:
    • Various accommodations have been implemented such that the staff’s work is as low-contact as possible.
  • SOCIAL DISTANCING:
    • Staff will maintain 6 feet of distance between each other, artists, and patrons.
  • TESTING:
    • Fully vaccinated staff that come into contact with artists will be tested for COVID-19 weekly.
    • Staff who are not fully vaccinated that come into contact with artists will be tested for COVID-19 three times per week.