Discovery Theater's Health & Safety Protocols
As Discovery Theater prepares to return to live performances for our 2022-2023 season, we wanted to share more information about what we have done and are doing to make your in-person experience as safe as possible. These policies are meant to protect our audience, artists, and staff from the spread of COVID-19. Policies are subject to change based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local governments.
We ask that if you (or your student/child) feel sick, please stay home, even if you have tested negative for COVID-19. We are happy to discuss re-booking anyone who is feeling unwell to best protect our audience members, artists, and staff from illness.
As of March 11, 2022, Smithsonian Museums in Washington, DC are no longer requiring visitors to wear masks during their visit when Smithsonian Regional Levels for COVID-19 are in the Low or Medium Level. Masks will be required if Levels go into High.
Discovery Theater will be a mask-friendly environment and we strongly recommend that our audience members wear a mask while attending a performance at our theater due to being in close proximity to other school groups for an extended period of time. However, we also understand and respect that mask-wearing is a personal decision based on individual circumstances and will do our best to make sure everyone feels safe, comfortable, and enjoys the show!
Please note: At this time, any volunteers that are called onstage during shows will need to be wearing a mask in order to participate. If you do not have one, we will provide one. This is just to help keep our actors as safe as possible.
Effective September 1, 2022, and based on recent CDC recommendations, Smithsonian Institution is no longer requiring program participants attending Smithsonian-sponsored activities to show proof of vaccination or negative test results. This includes Discovery Theater audience members.
Additional Safety Measures
CDC Community Levels
Smithsonian aggregates CDC COVID-19 Community Level data for relevant counties, in addition to other factors, to determine Smithsonian Regional Levels. If the Smithsonian Regional Level for DC/MD/VA goes into the HIGH Level, in-person performances may not be possible without enforcing stricter mitigations (in addition to masks being mandatory). In this case, Discovery Theater will contact all ticket holders to discuss alternative options, such as livestreaming the performance via Zoom or moving to another date.