Washington Improv Theater is committed to the safety of everyone who interacts in our programming. This COVID-19 safety policy went into effect on Jan. 7, 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 summer 2021, Washington Improv Theater has required participants in in-person activities to provide evidence of being fully vaccinated for COVID-19. In response to the Omicron variant, WIT enacted more stringent vaccine and masking requirements to ensure the highest level of public safety for our community.

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

  • Audience members and performers must provide documentation of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 including a booster shot (please see note about exemptions in a section below).
  • Audience members must wear a medical-grade mask over their nose and mouth and keep it on at all times while in the theater.
  • WIT encourages performers to test themselves before taking the stage. Performers may be playing unmasked and will maintain six feet away from the audience. Performers must remain masked at all times in the building except when on stage performing.

Booster Shots 

WIT now requires all students, performers, faculty, volunteers, staff and audience members to receive a COVID-19 vaccination booster shot by Sunday, Jan. 30, 2022 – or 30 days after becoming eligible for a booster, whichever is later.

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.

Although we are setting a Jan. 30 deadline to give our community members some time to get their booster shots, we strongly recommend getting the booster shot as early as you are eligible to do so.

Performers and audience members will need to show their vaccine proof at the door. Volunteers should email an updated vaccine card to jordana@witdc.org.

Requiring Better Masks 

Medical experts report that cloth masks do not provide enough protection in the face of Omicron, so WIT will be requiring medical-grade (or better) masks while in attendance at shows and other inside events.

While we recommend well-fitting KN95 or N95 masks, we will be requiring at least a medical-grade mask to enter the premises. Masks must be worn over the mouth and nose while inside the building.

Cloth masks will be prohibited, unless being used to double-mask.

Concessions will remain closed at all performances to ensure masks remain on.

Encouraging Performers to Test

WIT is encouraging 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).
  • Participants must wear a medical-grade mask over their nose and mouth and keep it on at all times while indoors.
  • For student showcase attendance information, see “shows” section above.

Booster Shots 

WIT now requires all students, performers, faculty, volunteers, staff and audience members to receive a COVID-19 vaccination booster shot by Sunday, Jan. 30, 2022 – or 30 days after becoming eligible for a booster, whichever is later.

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.

Although we are setting a Jan. 30 deadline to give our community members some time to get their booster shots, we strongly recommend getting the booster shot as early as you are eligible to do so.

Requiring Better Masks 

Medical experts report that cloth masks do not provide enough protection in the face of Omicron, so WIT will be requiring medical-grade (or better) masks while in attendance at indoor events.

While we recommend well-fitting KN95 or N95 masks, we will be requiring at least a medical-grade mask to enter the premises. Masks must be worn over the mouth and nose while inside the building.

Cloth masks will be prohibited, unless being used to double-mask.

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 performances and student showcases, WIT is not currently accommodating exemptions for audience members. This is due to our inability to process individual circumstances during a fast-paced will call process. In some instances, a performer may perform without a booster shot if they have a proven medical cause and submit a negative rapid test result taken within two hours of the performance.

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.