The safety and well-being of all our cast, crew, audience and support people is of the utmost importance to Essendon Theatre Company. We have a legal and moral obligation to keep everyone safe and have developed this COVID Safe Plan based on the Victorian Government Industry Restart program for Indoor entertainment. It is current as of January 2021.
All people working with Essendon Theatre Company need to understand these guidelines and agree to adhere to them when engaging in rehearsal, set build, meetings and performances with ETC.
Capacity Limits and Seating
In line with current COVIDSafe requirements and density limits, ETC will be limiting the capacity of our seating to 75 per cent of our total seated capacity.
As ETC utilises a Theatre Restaurant Style Seating arrangement, as much as possible, we ask that audience members book their tickets with others in their group that they know or feel COVIDSafe with.
In the event that tables may be required to be shared by patrons unknown to each other, seating on this table will be limited and spacing of at least 1.5 metres will be ensured between patrons.
We request that audience members do not move or change the configuration of the seating arrangements to keep in line with COVIDSafe practices. Furthermore, we request that audience members try to stay within their allocated seat and table as much as practical and minimise movement.
Tables will be spaced with a social distance of 1.5 metres between each table.
The intermission for each performance will be extended to 30 minutes to ensure adequate time for audience members to use necessary facilities and avoid queuing in large numbers and lining up.
Victorian Drama League (VDL) reviewers and adjudicators will be seated on their own table where possible or on a table with limited capacity.
We request that all who attend ETC carry with them a face mask at all times. Face masks are not required while eating or drinking, however, in the event you are unable to maintain social distancing you are required to wear your face mask.
Ticketing and attending the Venue
We encourage all our audience members to pre-book their tickets through our Online Ticketing platform TryBooking. Audience members are encouraged to book their tickets in groups with people you know and feel comfortable sitting with.
Please ensure when booking your tickets you provide the name and contact number of each member of your party. At this time we request that audience members avoid walk-ins, wherever possible, to minimise purchasing tickets at the door.
Doors will open 45 minutes prior to the show commencing. Please arrive to the venue with plenty of time to park your car and attend to check in procedures before the commencement of the performance.
We encourage each of our audience members to complete a self-assessment check before attending the theatre. We request that, you or any member of your party, do not attend the theatre if:
• You are or have been in contact with confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19;
• You have been instructed to isolate or quarantine;
• You are feeling unwell with any symptoms of COVID-19 including fever, cough or sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, loss of smell or taste, headache, muscle pain, stuffy nose, nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea;
• You have visited Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Designated Hotspots or are from areas where there is identified local transmissions;
• You have returned from overseas in the past 14 days.
If you or one of your party meet any of the above criteria, please do not attend the performance and stay home and get tested if needed.
ETC has a flexible ticketing system and is happy to refund or re-allocate your ticket to another suitable performance date once you are feeling better.
If you attend the performance and are not feeling well, arrangements will be made to send you home in a safe and suitable way which may include transportation in an ambulance.
In the event that a show or performance must be cancelled, all ticket holders will be communicated with to inform of this.
We request that when attending the performance you avoid, as much as possible, gathering in the foyers before or after a show. At the conclusion of the performance, if you would like to speak with or congratulate one of the cast, we request that you wait for them outside to do so.
Record Keeping and Contact Tracing
Upon arrival at the theatre, each audience member will be asked to check in on their phone with a unique QR Code in order to assist with accurate record keeping and contact tracing. This will include providing your name and phone number. The areas in which you were seated will also be recorded manually. This will assist in contact tracing should the need to do so arise.
All records will be retained for 28 days after the event and then destroyed unless there is another statutory requirement for retention of this information.
In the event that you are unable to use the QR code, members of the ETC committee will be available to assist you with this recording.
Food and Beverage
Audience members are encouraged to bring their own food and drink as well as cutlery and crockery to the performances. ETC will be unable to provide any cutlery or crockery to use at this time.
At this stage, the kiosk will be closed.
Hygiene and Cleaning
Hand sanitiser will be available at several points at the theatre. We encourage all visitors to engage in regular hand washing and use of the sanitiser provided.
We encourage you to observe cough etiquette and personal hygiene measures at all times while at the theatre.
ETC will undertake pre- and post-event cleaning of communal facilities and high touch surfaces. Furthermore, Moonee Valley City Council, who manage the facility where ETC resides, will also be undertaking and ensuring facilities are cleaned regularly.
Please see below for our COVID Safe Event Checklist for Psycho Beach Party