Masks & Social Distancing

Due to the lifting of mandates, masks are optional at CharacterWorks. We encourage each family to make a decision regarding their student wearing a mask after considering the current CDC recommendations. Social distancing of 3' will be encouraged in classes and rehearsals when possible. CharacterWorks is subject to the policies of the facilities that are rented for classes, rehearsals and shows, and may have to adjust the policies from facility to facility. Families will be updated with any changes or new mandates when applicable.

Facilities & Venues

Each of CharacterWorks' facilities and venues holds different policies regarding masks and social distancing. Class, show, and camp locations are subject to change based on changes in the policies of our facility and venue partners. Patrons at the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen are encouraged to wear masks in the theater, but will be required to wear masks in the theater lobby and common spaces.

Health Screening

Parents are asked to do a health screening each day before sending their student(s) to class or rehearsal. Please take your child’s temperature and monitor symptoms before coming to a CharacterWorks function. A student should not come to CharacterWorks if:
  • He or she has one primary symptom: fever, persistent cough, shortness of breath, vomiting, etc.
  • He or she has two or more secondary symptoms that are new or worsening: chills, muscle pain, fatigue, headache, runny nose and/or congestion (not associated with known allergies), sore throat, diarrhea, nausea, and loss of taste or smell.
  • He or she has a temperature that is barely under the threshold (100.4) and has additional COVID symptoms.
  • A sibling or family member (close contact) has a primary symptom, such as a temperature of 100.4 or above.
  • He or she has had close contact (within 6-feet of a person for a cumulative 15 minutes over 24 hours) with someone who is presumed positive, even if testing has not been performed or testing results are pending. It is safest to stay at home if you have been in close contact of a “presumed positive” case.
Remember when in doubt, play it safe and stay home!

Exposure & Quarantine Protocol

CharacterWorks is asking all staff and families to abide by the CDC's recommended exposure and quarantine protocol, described below:

Quarantine
Quarantine if you have been in close contact (within 6 feet of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with someone who has COVID-19, unless you have been fully vaccinated. People who are fully vaccinated do NOT need to quarantine after contact with someone who had COVID-19 unless they have symptoms. However, fully vaccinated people should get tested 3-5 days after their exposure, even if they don’t have symptoms and wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until their test result is negative. 

Exposure 
Anyone who has had close contact with someone with COVID-19 should stay home for 10 days (without testing) or 7 days (after receiving a negative test result from a test that occurs on day 5 or later). However, anyone who has had close contact with someone with COVID-19 and who meets the following criteria does NOT need to stay home:
  • Someone who has been fully vaccinated and shows no symptoms of COVID-19. However, fully vaccinated people should get tested 3-5 days after their exposure, even they don’t have symptoms and wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until their test result is negative.
Or
  • Someone who has COVID-19 illness within the previous 3 months and
  • Has recovered and
  • Remains without COVID-19 symptoms (for example, cough, shortness of breath)”

I think or know I had COVID-19, and I had symptoms
You can be around others after:
  • 10 days since symptoms first appeared and
  • 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
  • Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving*
*Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation

Note that these recommendations do not apply to people with severe COVID-19 or with weakened immune systems (immunocompromised).

I tested positive for COVID-19 but had no symptoms
If you continue to have no symptoms, you can be with others after 10 days have passed since you had a positive viral test for COVID-19. If you develop symptoms after testing positive, follow the guidance above for “I think or know I had COVID-19, and I had symptoms.”

Read More from the CDC