COVID-19 Policies and Procedures

SteppingStone Theatre for Youth and Park Square Theatre are delighted to begin welcoming audiences, artists, and guest organizations back to the theatre for limited engagements this fall, and for full on-stage performances in the winter of 2021.

Our two theatres are prioritizing health and safety in our reopening plans, looking to the latest public safety guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Minnesota Department of Health, as well as local requirements from the City of Saint Paul.  We are also observing the safety requirements put forth by the artist unions to ensure the safety of our artists, actors and musicians.

Below are the steps we are taking to ensure we reopen in the safest way possible.

Public Performances

Vaccination Policy

COVID-19 vaccination or negative test results are required to attend performances.

In light of the highly transmissible Delta variant and increasing case numbers in Minnesota, Park Square and SteppingStone theatre require that everyone 13 or older present proof of either full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours prior to attending an indoor performance or event. Proof of vaccination or a negative test result must be shown when entering the theater. Children under age 13 will only be required to wear a mask.

  • Being fully vaccinated means completing your final dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days before the performance date. Proof of vaccination includes bringing a physical card or showing a digital photo of your vaccination card.
  • Proof of a negative test result includes bringing a printed or digital copy of your test results.

In addition to audiences, the theatres are requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for artists, theater staff, and volunteers.

Mask Policy

All patrons, staff and volunteers will be required to wear masks inside the venue except while eating or drinking. This follows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recent recommendation that everyone should wear a mask indoors regardless of vaccination status. Masks must cover the nose and mouth. Masks with a valve, gaiters, scarves, etc. are not permitted.

School Field Trips

Young people attending daytime matinees (school groups, homeschoolers, day camp groups, etc.) are not required to show vaccination status or test results. All teachers and chaperones who are age 18 and over will be required to present either proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours prior to attending a field trip performance. All staff and patrons ages 2 and older will be required to wear masks inside the building.

If your school or classroom has an outbreak we ask that you notify us before your field trip so we can reschedule your trip. Please email education@parksquaretheatre.org to notify us and reschedule your trip.

Air Quality

Park Square’s air system brings in fresh air from the outside to help limit the spread of airborne viruses like COVID-19. In addition, several updates have been made to further improve air safety inside the theatre:

  • The outside air handling system for all of the Park Square Theatre spaces was replaced in 2020 to improve outside air intake, mix, and filtration. Four separate air handling units maximize the intake of fresh air and independently control the air supply to each theatre and the backstage and lobby areas. This system is automated to maintain temperature, humidity and duct static pressure based on demand and scheduling.
  • Upgrades to the Boss Theatre air exchange system have been recently completed and have improved the air exchange and refresh rate.

Capacity Limits and Physical Distancing

At this time, no changes have been made to our audience capacity except at the request of partnering organizations. The Proscenium Stage seats 350 people and the Boss Stage seats 200 people. Shows through December of 2021 will be general admission seating. While there are currently no state or city indoor venue capacity restrictions in place, we will be monitoring information regarding capacity and will adhere to guidelines if they are updated.

Physical distancing will be encouraged in the lobbies, hallways, restrooms, and other areas.

Cleaning and Sanitizing

In addition to the robust cleaning practices that were already in place, we have:

  • Added a complete space sanitization protocol after each performance
  • Increased the frequency of cleaning throughout the building for high-touch areas in the front of house and back of house areas throughout the building
  • Set up hand-sanitizing stations throughout the venue
  • Trained all employees in critical hand washing and cleaning guidelines

Guest responsibility

We ask that guests stay home if they are sick or exposed to COVID-19. Please contact the box office to transfer your tickets to another performance, donate your tickets, or request a refund. Contact the ticket office at tickets@parksquaretheatre.org.

Resources for Scheduling Your Vaccination or COVID-19 Test

We will continue to update this page as we gather new information and will share pertinent updates through email and social media. Please check back as the details and requirements for reopening are subject to change as we work through this uncertain yet exciting time.

Thank you for your support and we look forward to having you engage with Park Square and SteppingStone.

Camps and Classes (School Year 2021-'22)

What are SteppingStone Theatre's COVID-19 policies?

SteppingStone school year 2021-’22 classes and programs require young artists ages 5-12 to wear masks at all times and practice social distancing in the class spaces. Young artists 13-18 may be asked their vaccine status before the start of class and may be asked to comply with Park Square Theatre’s Safety Policies.

What happens if a student experiences symptoms or tests positive for COVID?

If a student experiences COVID-19 symptoms while in class, the student will be immediately quarantined and caregivers will be notified to pick up the student. If a student tests positive during the course of a class, the class will transition to a virtual format until all students are COVID-negative. Jump to Refund Policy

What happens if a staff member or teaching artist experiences symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19?

If a staff member or teaching artist experiences COVID symptoms while in class, they will be immediately sent home. If a staff/teacher tests positive, any classes the individual had contact with will transition to a virtual format until all class members are COVID-negative. Jump to Refund Policy

What happens if a student or staff member is identified as a close contact of someone with COVID-19?

If a student or staff member is identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, that individual must isolate and will not be able to rejoin the class until they return a COVID-negative test. The class will only transition to a virtual format if the individual tests positive for COVID or starts showing symptoms. Jump to Refund Policy

Will the entire student population be notified of any positive COVID cases within the program?

Yes, SteppingStone Theatre staff will alert all families of any positive COVID-19 cases on campus.  

  • First communication: All students and staff members within the positive case’s class will be notified, encouraged to isolate and get tested, and will transition to a virtual class format. 
  • Second communication: All students and staff members on campus will be alerted of the positive case and potential exposure. 

Cancelation and Transfer Policies

There is a $50 non-refundable and non-transferable class deposit.

  • Cancelation more than 2 weeks before a class begins will result in a full refund, less the $50 deposit.
  • Cancelation within 1-2 weeks of a class beginning will result in a class credit, less the $50 deposit.
  • Cancelation 1 week or less before a class begins will result in no refund or credit.

Exceptions will be considered for students with COVID-19 symptoms.

In the event of a positive COVID case within a class, the program will not be canceled but instead transition to a virtual format. Refunds will be considered for students with COVID-19 symptoms.

If SteppingStone cancels a class, for any reason, you will be issued

  • a full refund including the $50 deposit for classes that have not yet started.
  • a prorated refund (including the $50 deposit) for classes that have started.

COVID-19 Policies and Procedures

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Contact

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are available via email M-F, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the following:

CREATIVE LEARNING
education@steppingstonetheatre.org

TICKETS & REGISTRATION
boxoffice@steppingstonetheatre.org

DEVELOPMENT
development@steppingstonetheatre.org

MARKETING
marketing@steppingstonetheatre.org

GENERAL INQUIRIES
info@steppingstonetheatre.org

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement

At SteppingStone, we are committed to access and inclusion for all people. Our programs stand firmly in opposition to racism and we challenge our young artists, staff, and Board of Directors to foster inclusion and to seek equity for all, including Black, Indigenous, people of color, LGBTQAI+, economically disadvantaged, all religions, veterans, active military, and those with accessibility needs. We work with families to meet students’ needs be it social, academic, developmental, or physical. SteppingStone respects students’ gender expression and provides access to gender-neutral facilities.

We Believe

Young people are artists, makers, and doers. They need to belong and to contribute to their world. When young people make art together, they change themselves and the world around them for the better.

We Do

SteppingStone ignites belonging, generosity, mastery, self-advocacy, and inspiration by creating art with young people to share with the world.