COVID-19 Mitigation Protocols

We recognize that significant disagreements remain about what COVID-19 policies make sense for dancing. We have had feedback from some dancers wishing we were less restrictive and from others wishing we were more. Our approach since re-starting the dances in the spring of 2022 has been to slowly relax restrictions. So far, we have not heard of instances where COVID was spread at one of our dances, but it is certainly possible that this will change, in which case we might choose to tighten restrictions again.

Community Risk Level: We monitor community risk levels as determined by the CDC on their three tiered system. We cancel dances when risk level is rated as “high.” When risk level is “medium” or “low,” the following protocols apply.

Vaccination and Booster: Proof of full vaccination and (if eligible) booster shot is required. “Full vaccination” means you have received 2 doses of Pfizer or Moderna, or one dose of the J&J vaccine. We accept either the white CDC-issued card or a NYS Excelsior Pass. You may bring documentation with you to the dance or email a good-quality scan in advance to our email at covidsafety@syracusecountrydancers.org.

Common Sense Self-Wellness Check: Please stay home if you are not feeling well on the day of the dance. We also request that, if you feel ill and/or test positive for COVID within 7 days of a dance you attended, you send us an email at covidsafety@syracusecountrydancers.org. 

Contact Information: We’ll be collecting an email address and a phone number for each of you. If we learn that an attendee has become ill, we will contact you so you will know that you might have been exposed.

Masks: Our current policy is that face coverings are optional. We would encourage any dancer to wear a high-quality mask if they live or work with vulnerable people, or if doing so would make them feel more comfortable. Masking is strongly recommended when community risk levels are rated as “medium” (and we do not dance if they are rated as “high”). If in doubt, bring a mask! (We have masks available if you forget.)

Air Circulation: Windows will be open and a fan will be running. If the weather is cold dress in layers!

NOTE: When we collect your vaccination and contact information for a dance, we will save it (unless you specifically request that we do not) so that you will not need to provide it for future dances. We would still ask that you update us at future dances if any information changes. 

These protocols were put in place September 2022. They will be updated as conditions change.

If you have any questions about our COVID protocols, please feel free to contact Jennifer at covidsafety@syracusecountrydancers.org.