Washington Improv Theater is committed to the safety of everyone who interacts in our programming. This COVID-19 safety policy was last updated Sept. 22, 2022 and is subject to change based on recommendations and/or requirements from the federal government, from the DC government, or based on WIT's own specific circumstances, needs, and capabilities.

Since returning to in-person activities in Summer 2021, Washington Improv Theater has stayed up-to-date on public health guidance related to the COVID-19 pandemic. We have made policies that are in line with our organizational values.

Please review WIT’s COVID safety protocols below, which are sorted by programming area. These protocols can and will change as the pandemic evolves. We encourage you to reference this page as the official source of WIT’s policies.

Overview

  • WIT’s performances and student showcases will be held at Studio Theatre through Aug. 2023. We will abide by their COVID policies, which are detailed on their website.
  • Masks are required for all patrons in performance spaces. WIT encourages the use of medical-grade masks (like surgical masks).
  • At this time, WIT will not be checking vaccination information.

On Wearing Better Masks 

Medical experts report that cloth masks do not provide enough protection in the face of recent variants. WIT encourages the use off medical-grade (or better) masks while in attendance at shows and other inside events.

We recommend well-fitting KN95 or N95 masks. Masks must be worn over the mouth and nose while inside performance spaces.

Encouraging Performers to Test

WIT encourages all performers to take COVID-19 tests before stepping on stage maskless. Widespread testing before performing on stage should help to limit the potential spread of COVID-19.

You can find local testing locations at these links:

•  DC: https://coronavirus.dc.gov/testing
•  Maryland: https://coronavirus.maryland.gov/pages/symptoms-testing
•  Virginia: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/protect-yourself/covid-19-testing/covid-19-testing-sites/

As always, the safety, comfort, and well-being of our community is of the greatest importance. If you have any questions, please reach out to the WIT staff at wit@witdc.org.

Overview

  • Participants must provide documentation of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 including a booster shot (please see note about exemptions in a section below).
  • Class participants will anonymously vote on whether the class will be masked or not masked. It only takes one vote to require a class to be masked.
  • For student showcase attendance information, see the “shows” section above.

Booster Shots 

WIT now requires all students and faculty to receive a COVID-19 vaccination booster shot. According to the CDC, all adults are eligible for a booster shot five months after their second shot of Moderna or Pfizer and two months after their first shot of Johnson & Johnson.

Masking in Classes 

Each class will determine whether masks are mandatory or optional in class, through a student and teacher survey. If everyone in the class agrees, masks will be optional. If even one person requires masks to be mandatory, medical-grade masks (including surgical masks and N-95s) will be required during class.

For students: Attendance and uploading documentation

Students who experience a breakthrough infection may return to class 10 days after first experiencing symptoms or supplying a negative PCR test, whichever comes first.

Students who have previously submitted proof of vaccination will need to resubmit their vaccine cards containing the booster shot.

The best way to do this is to upload your verification directly to your ASAP student portal. You’ll find the login in the top right corner. Once you’ve logged in, you’ll see the Documents tab on the left side. Please upload an image of your vaccination card or acceptable medical documentation.

If you have trouble uploading your vaccine proof, please reach out to classes@witdc.org.

Changes to COVID policy

WIT will remain responsive to guidance from public health officials and local guidance in setting our policies. Our policies may become more strict or relaxed as the public health situation develops.

WIT@Work

WIT@Work’s workshop leaders are fully vaccinated and boosted. We will follow the COVID protocols set by the client and host venue. We have led many virtual WIT@Work workshops; in-person events can usually be converted to Zoom-based virtual trainings as requested.

Exemptions

For classes, WIT can make booster shot exemptions for students with a proven medical cause. Students must submit a negative rapid test result within two hours of each class session. For more specific questions on exemptions, email wit@witdc.org.