COVID Policy & Guidelines

The Play the Fool Festival is produced by Hit That Jive Productions, and all our staff, artists, volunteers and patrons are subject to these policies.

Note that the Hit That Jive Productions COVID Policy & Guidelines is subject to change based on the current COVID-19 situation and advisories from health officials. This policy is written with the intent of keeping the safety and best interests of Hit That Jive Productions board members, staff, employees, contractors, artists, volunteers, patrons, and our community in mind. It is acknowledged that an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present.

This policy applies to all Hit That Jive Productions (Hit That Jive) events, including the Play the Fool Festivals. 

See below for a list of policy definitions. 

COVID Policy & Guidelines for Patrons of Hit That Jive Events & Festivals

  1. Masks are required for all Patrons on event/festival grounds during an event or festival. 
    1. Masks must fully cover the nose and mouth, and be secure under your chin.
  2. Beverage and food services may be available at Hit That Jive events & festivals
    1. If a beverage and/or food service is available, we ask Patrons to remain masked when not consuming a beverage or food, and to replace their masks between sips & bites. 
    2. Be mindful and respectful of other Patrons and their comfort levels. We ask that you refrain from removing your mask for a sip or bite when in close proximity to other Patrons. Masks can be removed to eat or drink only when physical distancing from Patrons that are not within your cohort/group is maintained.
  3. Where possible, we suggest maintaining a physical distance (ie: 6 foot minimum distance) from other Patrons that are not a part of your group. 
  4. If a Patron is feeling ill, or exhibiting any of the COVID-19 Symptoms, they cannot attend any events or festivals. 
  5. If a Patron has had exposure to someone with COVID-19 within the last 14 days, they cannot attend any events or festivals. 
  6. If a Patron has tested positive for COVID-19, they must wait a minimum of 14 days and have a negative COVID test prior to attending a Hit That Jive event or festival. 

If you have any concerns about the above policy, please contact the Hit That Jive CEO at: juliekiraly@hitthatjive.ca. Concerns will be addressed and reviewed by the Hit That Jive Board of Directors and CEO. 

COVID Policy & Guidelines for Hit That Jive Representatives: 

  1. Full vaccination against COVID-19 is required for all Hit That Jive Representatives on event/festival grounds, and during an event or festival; this includes all rehearsals and rehearsal spaces, including technical rehearsals. 
    1. This is indicated on our company contracts, and individuals will be required to complete an attestation form where necessary. 
    2. Requests for Accommodations pertaining to the COVID-19 vaccination requirement, based upon one of the Grounds of Discrimination as outlined in the Canadian Human Rights Act, are to be submitted in writing and will be reviewed by the Hit That Jive Board of Directors. 
    3. Requests for Accommodation need to be made at least 10-business days prior to an event or festival to be considered. Only upon receiving a decision from the Hit That Jive Board of Directors can a contract be signed. 
  2. Masks are required for all Hit That Jive Representatives on event/festival grounds, and during an event or festival; this includes all rehearsals and rehearsal spaces, including technical rehearsals. 
    1. Masks must fully cover the nose and mouth, and be secure under your chin.
    2. Exception to the masking requirement will be considered only for Performing Artists to meet the preparation needs and requirements of their performance; 
      1. Masks may be removed to apply make-up/get ready in the backstage and greenroom areas. 
      2. Masks are not required while performing on stage. 
      3. If a Performing Artist is going into the public or lobby space during preparation, they must wear a mask. 
      4. Upon completion of their performance, the Performing Artist is required to wear a mask again in all event/festival spaces. 
  3. Performing Artists will maintain physical distancing protocols from the audience while unmasked during their performance (ie: 6 foot minimum distance)
    1. Exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis, and reviewed by the Hit That Jive Board of Directors. 
  4. If a Hit That Jive Representative is feeling ill, or exhibiting any of the COVID-19 Symptoms, they cannot attend any events or festivals. 
  5. If a Hit That Jive Representative has had exposure to someone with COVID-19 within the last 14 days, they cannot attend any events or festivals. 
  6. If a Hit That Jive Representative has tested positive for COVID-19, they must wait a minimum of 14 days and have a negative COVID test prior to attending a Hit That Jive event or festival. 
  7. At the discretion of Hit That Jive, any Hit That Jive Representatives may be required to take a COVID rapid antigen test prior to entering the event or festival venue, or rehearsal space.

Definitions:

  1. Hit That Jive Representative(s): this includes all Hit That Jive board members, artists, staff, employees, contractors, volunteers, and anyone who represents the company in an official capacity; all participants of festivals or projects produced by Hit That Jive,  including but not limited to Play the Fool Theatre Festival and Play the Fool Film Festival. 
  2. Patrons: any person attending an event or festival produced by Hit That Jive Productions, including but not limited to the Play the Fool Festivals, that is not a Hit That Jive Representative
  3. Fully Vaccinated: People are considered fully vaccinated 14 days after they have received all applicable doses of a Health Canada authorized vaccine. Boosters are recommended, but not required. 
  4. Performing Artist(s): any contracted artist that is performing for a live audience during an event or festival.
  5. Symptoms of COVID-19 include, but are not limited to: new or worsening cough, sore throat, runny nose, sneezing, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, temperature equal to or more than 38°C, feeling feverish, chills, fatigue or weakness, muscle or body aches, new loss of smell or taste, headache, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and vomiting.
  6. Exposure: Individuals who have had close contact with someone who is exhibiting new or worsening Symptoms of COVID-19 or a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days