GREAT Health & Safety Guidelines 

August 4th, 2021

GREAT Theatre remains committed to monitoring the current recommendations, guidelines and restrictions and will continue to follow CDC guidelines and Governor’s Executive Orders.

GREAT Learning Lab Masking:

Based on new CDC and MDH guidance, GREAT is requiring everyone to be masked when indoors at GREAT/Helgeson Learning Lab Theatre. This includes those who are vaccinated.  Thank you for helping to keep our community safe.


Summer Camp please note: As strongly encouraged by the CDC and MDH, GREAT will require all students attending a 2021 GREAT Summer Theatre Camp to wear face masks while indoors (covering nose and mouth). It is up to individual families whether or not their camper removes their mask onstage during the Friday sharing and/or performance. Masks will be worn when the camper is backstage but may be removed when the camper is performing onstage.


Summer Camp Audience Masking:

Per updated CDC and MDH guidelines GREAT strongly recommends all audience members wear masks for Friday sharings/performances regardless of vaccination status. Unvaccinated people are still required to wear masks. Thank you for helping to keep our community safe.



All employees, volunteers and campers are to put the following guidelines into practice:

  • HAND WASHING. When available, employees, campers and volunteers will wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. When this is not an option, use sanitizer containing at least 60% ethanol or 70% isopropanol. Employees, campers and volunteers should also wash their hands at the beginning and end of each shift and break, after using the restroom, sneezing, touching their face, blowing their nose, cleaning, eating, or drinking.
  • PHYSICAL DISTANCING. Whenever possible, employees, campers and volunteers should leave at least 3 or 6 feet between them and the person closest to them.
  • FACE COVERINGS. Employees, campers and volunteers are welcome to wear physical respiratory protection, such as cloth face masks.
  • SYMPTOMS: Employees, campers and volunteers must stay home from work, camp or their volunteer shift if they have symptoms of acute respiratory illness consistent with COVID-19, including fever, cough, chills, sudden loss of taste or smell, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or shortness of breath.  Please be tested for COVID 19 and let GREAT know if you test positive (this will be kept confidential.)
  • VACCINATION: GREAT strongly encourages all staff and volunteers be fully vaccinated (two weeks after completion of a two-dose or a one-dose series)  to reduce the risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19 and help reduce risk of spreading COVID-19 to others
  • HEALTH SCREENING:  GREAT will follow the MDH and CDC Decision Tree process to assess if employees, campers or volunteers should stay home and when they should return. Non vaccinated staff and volunteers must follow the CDC guidelines on quarantining for 7-14 days with a positive test result and we will alert anyone who has been within 6′ for more than 15 minutes within 24 hours with the individual who tested positive.


In the event that an employee, camper or volunteer is confirmed to be currently infected with COVID-19, the following actions will be taken:

  • Determine what areas of the venue were visited, used, or impacted by the infected employee, camper or volunteer. Identify if employees or volunteers need to be removed from the area and if the area requires sanitization.
  • Notify the ‘impacted employees, camper family or volunteers’ that may have had contact with an infected person (without identifying such person for privacy reasons) and encourage them to monitor their health for any symptoms. If symptoms appear, they should contact a medical professional and/or test for COVID-19.
  • Any employee, camper or volunteer who tests positive for COVID-19 should remain in home isolation until the employee or volunteer provides reliable proof that a physician has determined that they should be released from quarantine or need not be quarantined and may return to work.
  • GREAT will notify MDH about all positive case, managing case follow-up, and notifying exposed persons, consistent with the CDC guidelines.


  • SANITIZING HIGH-TOUCH AREAS. High-touch areas around the theatre and rehearsal spaces will be cleaned and/or sanitized daily according to our sanitization checklist. These duties will be divided between individual departments, technicians and cast members, depending on the item and location.


Should any employee, camper or volunteer have any concerns or suggestions regarding conditions related to COVID-19, or if they require any reasonable accommodation or leave related to COVID-19, including leave for qualifying to COVID-19 related reasons under the Family First Coronavirus Response Act, they are encouraged to reach out to Dennis Whipple at or 320.258.2787, their direct supervisor, the stage manager or any GREAT employee.