WRP Update Concerning Coronavirus and COVID19

Here at Western Reserve Playhouse, we are continuing to monitor developments regarding the Coronavirus, the health and safety of patrons, students and their families, faculty, staff, and volunteers. Visitors at WRP will always be our top priority. It is important to note, there are NO known cases of Coronavirus 19 or the flu at The Barn currently.

We want our WRP Patrons to know that all performances of “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change,” as well as all scheduled special events and theater classes/workshops will continue as planned

However, following Governor DeWine’s recommendations, given the proximity of confirmed cases in Cuyahoga County, and in an abundance of care for everyone who works here or visits our location, we have begun implementing enhanced environmental cleaning throughout our facility, which include:

Additional cleaning of all frequently touched countertops, handrails, doorknobs, bathrooms, theater seats will occur throughout the day and before each performance, class, and rehearsal.
Use of cleaning agents which have appropriate disinfecting quantities will be used at all touch point (All cleaning agents are used according to directions provided by the manufacturer).
Adding hand sanitizer, touchless soap dispensers, touchless paper towel containers, disinfectant wipes and an air purifier in our main performance space. 
Adding disposable gloves for all concession volunteers and box office representatives. 
We will open our doors earlier so that we can try to lessen the amount of wait time in the box office.

Please note that the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) stated this weekend that the “current risk to the American public is low.” As such, we intend to stay the course with our programming schedule. This is a community-wide issue, but each of us can take action to protect not only ourselves, but those we encounter as well. We encourage everyone to follow these simple steps that not only help prevent the spread of the flu and the common cold, but also Coronavirus. 

Wash your hands often with soap and water or use alcohol-based sanitizer when you are unable to wash.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Avoid contact with sick people and stay home if you are sick.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue (discarded in the trash after use) or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.

We are seriously monitoring the global situation, and are receiving updates from Summit County Public Health (https://www.scph.org/COVID-19) and the Centers for Disease Control. 

The latest news from the CDC can be found at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/summary.html  

The State of Ohio update:https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/

Should an outbreak occur, we will prioritize the health of our community by implementing and communicating appropriate changes as recommended by Summit County Public Health and the CDC to ensure a safe environment.

In the event of a performance cancellation due to the Coronavirus situation, we’ll notify all ticket buyers at least 2–3 hours before the event via email, social media and our website (www.thewrp.org). However, if you are not feeling well and are unable to attend a performance, please contact Hannah or Dawn at 330-620-7314 or email us at dawn@thewrp.org or Hannah@thewrp.org  to talk about exchanging your tickets for future performances.

We encourage you to do everything you can to stay healthy, including washing your hands frequently, getting enough sleep, and using appropriate sanitation procedures when you sneeze or cough.

We will remain vigilant and are prepared to make decisions based on current needs, as well as in response to changing conditions. We will base our decisions on sources such as the CDC and our state and local public health authorities. If we cancel any programs, you’ll be the first to know. You can also stay in touch with us on social media, linked below.

We hope you know how much we care about you all!

Love from WRP,

Dawn Sniadak-Yamokoski 

Executive Artistic Director

Western Reserve Playhouse