Covid-19 Safety Policies and Procedures

Missouri ArtSafePledge

To ensure that we may Create Safely, Present Safely, and Attend Safely we pledge to:

Facial coverings.

Social distancing.

Health checks.

Contact tracing.

Enhanced sanitation.

Training in COVID-19 safe practices.

2020 Covid-19 Safety Policies and Procedures

Saint Louis Story Stitchers is committed to complying with all local, state and federal guidelines related to the Covid-19 pandemic and public safety. To this end, Story Stitchers have created new health guidelines and procedures for our staff, volunteers, contractors and guests.

We are committed to practices inline with Missouri ArtSafe guidelines and recommendations to enable us to create, attend and present safely. 

With multiple COVID-19 vaccines available and large numbers of people being vaccinated, we’ve made changes to the Missouri ArtSafe Certification protocols for facial coverings, health checks, and contact tracing to align with recommendations from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Your standards may exceed this level, but may not be less.

What to expect from us

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Facial coverings – Masking is recommended for those who are not vaccinated, and for those who are vaccinated when attending indoor events when social distancing is not possible. Staff and front-line volunteers should be masked to provide support for those that need to be masked.

  • Staff and front-line volunteers should be checked when audiences or guests are present.
  • We will not come to Story Stitchers activities or facilities if we are sick. Image 8-5-20 at 2.19 PM (1)
  • Facilities will be thoroughly sanitized between activities.
  • Multiple hand sanitizer stations will be available.
  • Practice personal hygiene. Wash our hands frequently and properly.

Tickets and Reservations

  • Purchasing tickets or making reservations for free shows online is recommended. Tickets for all showtimes are available at

Limited Capacity and Seating Separations

  • We will have marked off seating to maintain social distancing at all events.
  • Health symptom checks are recommended, but temperature checks are not required.

Ongoing Training

Kranzberg Arts Foundation

What we expect from you

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  • In line with Story Stitchers’ policies and local government policies, Story Stitchers will require masks to be worn while not actively eating or drinking. 
  • Masking is recommended for those who are not vaccinated, and for those who are vaccinated when attending indoor events when social distancing is not possible.

  • Currently, we are able to provide masks for participants and patrons who do not have their own.

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  • Practice proper social distancing by staying 3 feet away from others.
  • Do not come to Story Stitchers activities or facilities if you are sick.
  • Practice personal hygiene. Wash your hands frequently and properly.
  • Please buy tickets and make reservations online to allow for less staff contact.
  • Please practice respect.
  • Enjoy yourself!

General Covid-19 Policies and Procedures:

Enhanced Sanitation and Hygiene

 For Story Stitchers:

  • Maintain rigorous post-activity cleanings with increased disinfecting procedures on all high touch surfaces
  • Reminders to use best practices in personal hygiene and hand washing

For All:

  • Convenient access to sanitizer and hand washing stations 
  • Convenient access to tissues and disinfectant wipes

Covid-19 Dress Code

For All:

  • All staff, vendors, contractors, volunteers, and guests will be required to wear protective Covid-19 face coverings while interacting with StoryStitchers, in compliance with local government regulations
  • Story Stitchers will provide PPE including proper face masks and gloves, when possible

Health Screenings

  • Health checks – Health symptom checks are recommended, but temperature checks are not required. Staff and front-line volunteers should be checked when audiences or guests are present

Contact Tracing

  • Contact tracing is required only where local health authorities support it.

Social Distancing

For All:

  • Reduce capacity of spaces including studio, event space, back stage, visited spaces, offices, outdoor spaces, and rehearsal spaces for social distancing
  • Maintain a minimum of 3’
  • Install visible signs in easy to read locations
  • Responsible, trained staff prompt visitors to adhere to social distancing policies with respectful communication
  • Planned crowd control will be prepared for each venue and may include early admission to avoid lines, one way in and one way out traffic, keeping lobbies clear, no intermissions, controlled dismissal.
  • Re-tooled floor plans to maintain social distancing
  • Have a qualified monitor to help manage capacity and social distancing at all times

Onsite and Remote Staffing and Programs

  • Minimal onsite staffing 
  • Business conducted virtually when possible
  • Limit use of facilities
  • Phased re-entry onsite to Storefront Studio in groups of two or less 
  • Coordinated work schedules
  • Policies reviewed regularly and agreed upon by staff as a team
  • Masks and PPE required 
  • Digital and virtual communication options utilized when possible
  • Routine cleaning procedures including staff and contractors disinfecting bathroom after personal use, and staff disinfecting highly touched surfaces, and removing trash wearing gloves

Communication Strategies

  • Clearly communicate expectations and guidelines
  • Clearly set employee and contractor policies
  • Communicate instructions clearly and visibly for staff and visitors
  • Share the information at and on social media
  • Train staff to effectively and respectfully communicate current government health guidelines with the public
  • “Personal responsibility is paramount and we’re all in this together.”

Event Policies and Procedures:

  • Pre-planned schedule with a clear timeline and instructions for all participants.
  • All participants will watch the Missouri SafeArts Certification video prior to the activity.
  • No one should come to Story Stitchers activities if you feel ill or if someone at your home or workplace is ill.
  • Trained staff arrive for set-up first and depart after clean-up last.
  • Trained staff should enter indoor or outdoor space and complete the Covid-19 check in procedure.
    • Use hand sanitizer 
    • Put on a mask and gloves. Keep the mask on at all times. Masks must cover the mouth and nose—masks with two layers of fabric of cloth are ideal.
    • Take your temperature and record it with the date, time, your name and phone number. If your temperature is over 100°F (37.8°C) go home immediately as you may have a fever. 
    • Fill out the health screening and contact tracing form. Note time and date of entry.
    • Place your personal belongings in one secure place. 
  • No food permitted indoors.
  • Water permitted in individual bottles but mask must be worn when you are not drinking.
  • Social distance adhered to for all staff, vendors, volunteers, participants and guests of 3′ feet apart at all times.
  • If the bathroom is used, everyone is asked to sanitize the area after themselves. Everyone is asked to wash hands at least 20 seconds thoroughly with soap and water and put on clean gloves.
  • Maintain wearing mask, gloves and social distancing of 3′ feet at all times.
  • Staff will sanitize areas where that have been occupied prior to departure. 
  • Staff will note time of departure in writing at the exit point.

Thank you for your help and for the important role you play in keeping everyone healthy and safe!

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