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 (updated 1/4/22)

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

I was exposed to someone who had COVID-19:
For people who are unvaccinated or are more than six months out from their second dose (or more than 2 months after the J&J vaccine) and not yet boosted, CDC now recommends quarantine for 5 days followed by strict mask use for an additional 5 days.

Those who are vaccinated and boosted and show no symptoms of COVID-19 do not need to quarantine, but should wear a mask for 10 days after the exposure.

For all those exposed, best practice would also include a test for SARS-CoV-2 at day 5 after exposure. If symptoms occur, individuals should immediately quarantine until a negative test confirms symptoms are not attributable to COVID-19.

I think or know I had COVID-19:
  • Isolate for 5 days, and
  • If you are asymptomatic or their symptoms are resolving (without fever for 24 hours), follow that by 5 days of wearing a mask when around others to minimize the risk of infecting people they encounter.
Note that these recommendations do not apply to people with severe COVID-19 or with weakened immune systems (immunocompromised).

CDC Updated Recommended Isolation and Quarantine Periods