COVID Safety

COVID Safety 

Last updated: January 24, 2022

In accordance with the latest Public Health Guidance, all campus visitors are required to wear an N95 or double mask while indoors. We do not allow eating in our space. Specialized masks and barriers for breath instruments are required and available from our staff during work hours. Please contact our team at platthouse[at]pobox.upenn.edu, or email a staff member directly with your questions!

COVID Policy Updates 

Effective January 24, 2022

Rehearsals and Spaces

  • In-person rehearsals, classes, and lessons for student clubs may resume with the updated masking guidance (double masks or N95s) on Monday, 1/24. We do not yet know when in-person performances with live audiences will be permitted to resume – this may be later than Monday, 1/24. Check back for updates!
    • Virtual rehearsals, outdoor programming, and social distancing are still viable and useful tactics for added risk mitigation. Please consider the comfort levels and risk factors in conversation with your membership, and find ways for everyone to participate within their range of comfort.
    • As in Fall 2021, all in-person group activities must be masked unless given explicit approval from Platt House, Campus Health, and the Office of Student Affairs. Masking exceptions are not guaranteed. Reach out to Platt House staff to begin an exception request process. Masking exceptions for performances and filming projects this Spring are unconfirmed and details are forthcoming.

Student Performing Arts Activity Requirements:


Shows and Scheduling

  • We do not yet know when in-person performances with live audiences will be permitted to resume – this may be later than Monday, 1/24. Check back for updates!
  • Spring show schedules are being revisited to accommodate groups whose shows or rehearsal periods have been significantly affected by the delayed opening. Please contact Platt House and PAC-Exec with any new considerations that may affect your flexibility on show dates, venues, or space share partners. 
  • If you have not worked with us before on space and need assistance, please email platthouse[at]pobox.upenn.edu so we can try to help.  
  • As in Fall 2021, all in-person group activities must be masked unless given explicit approval from Platt House, Campus Health, and the Office of Student Affairs. Masking exceptions are not guaranteed. Reach out to Platt House staff to begin an exception request process. Masking exceptions for performances and filming projects this Spring are unconfirmed and details are forthcoming.
  • We encourage you to talk about ways to modify your shows to accommodate this delayed start. Think about shorter shows, smaller sets, and ways to collaborate with other groups who may be appropriate space sharing partners.

Virtual accessibility is here to stay.

Over the past year we’ve learned that offering group activities online increases accessibility and can be a huge benefit to members and audiences alike. We’re taking these lessons with us into the new semester! Please consider the resources below to develop virtual engagement in your performing arts groups.

Programming Tips, Technical Tools, and FAQ


Frequently Asked Questions

Group Activities

Q: My group is not a member of PAC. What guidelines apply to our activities?
A: All Platt Student Performing Arts House COVID Safety guidelines apply to all student performing arts clubs. Our safety protocols are developed in partnership and compliance with the Office of Student Affairs (overseeing Student Activities) and Campus Health (overseeing all activities on Campus). Please contact us if you have questions about your group’s plans and compliance.

Q: Can I take promotional photos with my group?
A: Any group photoshoots or filming projects conducted indoors should be masked, as with all other group activities. An exception may be made if such photoshoots involve only members of a household within their home. Activities conducted outdoors may be unmasked, but we highly recommend social distancing to mitigate the risk of transmission.

Q: What do I do if I see groups or individuals rehearsing without their masks?
A: Please report masking noncompliance anonymously here. You may remind your peers about the masking policies if you feel comfortable doing so. 

Shows

Q: Are there additional COVID Safety policies for Spring 2022 performances?
A: As in Fall 2021, groups will likely be required to leave extra distance between the audience and stage, sanitize high-touch areas, and collect contact tracing information and vaccination attestations from all audience members upon entry.

Q: Are there any restrictions on Spring 2022 performances?
A: At the moment, it is unconfirmed whether shows may have live, in-person audiences, and how large those audiences may be. Additionally, it is unconfirmed whether performances will have the option of a Masking Exception, which previously allowed groups to perform unmasked on the condition that they complied with extra testing and detailed documentation.

Q: My group wants to perform with Penn alumni or members outside the current Penn campus community. Can we invite them onstage in our Spring show?
A: You may perform with alumni, non-Penn members, and guests, but they must remain masked both onstage and in the audience.

Space Access

Q: If campus is in lockdown, will I be able to pick up or drop off equipment for storage at Platt House and the PAC Shop?
A: Our staff requests permission from Campus Health to schedule intermittent storage appointments during COVID closures. Please contact Platt House staff at platthouse[at]pobox.upenn.edu or the PAC Shop at pacshop4100[at]gmail.com with your request.

Virtual Performing Arts

Find information and resources on livestreaming, recording, and Zoom performance on our Virtual Performing Arts FAQ.

LINKS TO COVID SAFETY POLICY

Student Campus Compact (University-wide) – Community health agreements that all students must comply with in order to remain on campus
City of Philadelphia COVID-19 Guidance (Phila.gov) – Documents outlining best practices for education settings, arts and culture, and businesses
COVID-19 Guidelines for Campus Visitors – Guidelines for working with non-Penn-affiliated instructors, directors, and visitors

Couldn’t find your question?

Help us fill in the blanks! We are always willing to clarify, and we will add to this list as necessary. Contact our staff at platthouse[at]pobox.upenn.edu for additional information.



The below COVID Safety Guidelines describe student performing arts activities in past semesters and have been since suspended. Please see our Recent Messages for more information about the considerations that shape our policy changes, and contact us with any questions about what policies are still in effect!