COVID-19 Preparedness Plan for Northern Starz Theatre Company
Northern Starz Theatre Company is committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace for all our workers. To ensure that, we have developed the following Preparedness Plan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Managers and workers are all responsible for implementing this plan. Our goal is to mitigate the potential for transmission of COVID-19 in our workplaces, and that requires full cooperation among workers and management.
We may be down, but we are not out!
Northern Starz is starting a DigiDrama program!
This Digital Drama program will include K-12 students and adults wanting to take drama courses online! During this time of unknown circumstances, students will find fun in taking classes in auditioning, acting, improv, Shakspeare and much more! We can get together online to learn vocals and put together small plays! Social Distancing won't be a problem, as you and your friends can do this together through your computers!
In lieu of a regular class payment, consider making a donation for these classes. Postponing our annual fundraiser, Pied Piper and Back to the 80's has a huge impact on the budget of a small arts organization like Northern Starz Theatre. You can make an online donation here.
After careful consideration, a declaration from the governor, and a desire to ensure the health and safety of everyone who engages with the Northern Starz Theatre, we have made the difficult decision to cancel all rehearsals, auditions, and performances through March 30th.
We will continue to reevaluate that decision at that time, as more information about COVID-19 develops. As stated in our previous communications, we are monitoring the situation with care and will continue to follow the recommendations of key health organizations.
We deeply value your commitment to Northern Starz, and we will accommodate all patrons to the best of our ability as we manage the ticketing and participation logistics. If you have tickets to an upcoming performance of The Pied Piper, you may:
*Donate your tickets
*Exchange your tickets to another performance (dependent on the virus, we may only postpone, and not cancel).
*Hold the value of your tickets on your account for future use
*Receive a refund
**If you have paid the participation fee for Back to the 80’s, we will review the issues on March 30th to determine if we will still be able to continue with this show, and will send you an email at that time.
As a nonprofit arts organization, Northern Starz Theatre relies heavily on the support of donors, subscribers and single ticket buyers. If you are able to exchange or donate your tickets rather than request a refund, it would help sustain Northern Starz during this uncertain time.
In the coming weeks, please contact the Ticket Office at firstname.lastname@example.org with your preferred ticketing option. We will be staffed to care for your ticketing needs, and we are grateful for your patience and understanding as we work through this process.
Although we won’t be gathering together in the near future, we remain together in spirit. May you be well in the weeks ahead, and we look forward to seeing you at Northern Starz again soon.
With the rising public health concerns about the coronavirus (COVID-19), Northern Starz Theatre is committed to the health and wellness of our students, parents, directorial staff, and employees.
We are paying close attention to the national and local news about COVID-19, so that we can stay informed and provide a supportive, responsive, and safe environment for our community.
What is COVID-19?
According to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are estimated to cause about a third of all cases of the common cold. COVID-19 is a strand of the coronavirus causing respiratory illnesses that have not been found in people before.
Because COVID-19 is so new, there is much unknown about the virus, and currently no vaccination to prevent or cure it.
The minute-by-minute updates can raise awareness, but can also cause anxiety and fear- not just about the virus, but about who may have it and is spreading the disease. It is important to remember that COVID-19 is not racially or culturally specific.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the most vulnerable populations are the elderly and those with underlying health conditions.
What we know about COVID-19 in Minnesota
As of this morning, there are two confirmed cases of the COVID-19 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), both cases are travel-related. The first case was confirmed to have, “no community exposure concerns” meaning the person self-quarantined to prevent any spread of the virus. They were reported to be “stable, at home, and doing well.” The second case is still under investigation for any potential spread.
What is Northern Starz Theatre doing?
1. We are asking everyone that enters our space to stay home if you feel even the most minor imbalance in your health. Regardless of any potential exposure to COVID-19, the best way not to spread any illnesses including the flu and cold, is to stay home, cover your coughs, and wash your hands.
2. We are keeping our surfaces clean. The COVID-19 can survive on surfaces for up to 9 days, so it is extremely important to disinfect all surfaces often.
3. We have hand sanitizer available throughout the lobby and theatre.
4. We are planning and preparing for remote access to Northern Starz systems, should our team need to work from home.
5. Our board of directors is reflecting on issues that might arise from the spread of the virus and theatre performances; we will keep you updated, if issues arise and we are not able to hold our performances on the date(s) scheduled.
We are hopeful that COVID-19 will be contained, so we can get back to our daily lives. Please continue to take care of yourselves and each other. We at Northern Starz will continue to do our best to respond accordingly and proactively.