Missouri ArtSafe Certified/COVID-19 Policies

What is Missouri ArtSafe?

The Missouri Arts Council promotes COVID-19 safe practices by arts and cultural organizations statewide when the arts reopen under local guidelines. Together with the Missouri Arts Safety Alliance, a coalition of organizations throughout the state, we have created Missouri ArtSafe Certification. Organizations become certified by pledging and adhering to a core level of safe practices.


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

  • Facial coverings
  • Social distancing
  • Health checks
  • Contact tracing
  • Contactless experience
  • Reduced capacity
  • Enhanced sanitation
  • Training in COVID-19 safe practices


Core Safety Practices 

SATE pledges and adheres to a core level of safe practices to provide a safe environment for our staff, artists, volunteers, audience. 

1. Facial Coverings

  • All artists will wear face coverings that fit properly at rehearsal and will be instructed to wash or replace face coverings for each rehearsal.
  • All audience 2 years or older will be required to wear facial coverings to comply with the local mask-wearing mandates.
  • SATE will have face coverings available for artists and audience who arrive without safe coverings at no cost.
  • SATE will make clear that bandanas, gaiters, plastic face shields or masks with exhalation valves are not effective/acceptable. 

2. Social Distancing

  • SATE will use signage to indicate proper distancing to remind artists and audience to maintain distance.
  • SATE will incorporate social distancing into staging. 
  • SATE will hold rehearsals and performances  in open, well-ventilated spaces with appropriate social distancing among artists and audiences.
  • SATE will encourage artists and audiences to avoid congregating in high traffic areas such as bathrooms and hallways.
  • SATE will implement a socially distance seating plan for audience members.
  • SATE will establish one-way traffic patterns. 

3. Health Checks

  • SATE will require all artists attending a rehearsal to complete a health screening survey on Google forms prior to arrival at rehearsal
  • If an artist is reporting symptoms, SATE will require they will not be able to attend rehearsal, and must show Producers negative COVID test results to return to rehearsal.
  • SATE will require the audience to complete the above screening form before arriving at the performance venue, and if form isn’t complete upon arrival, will ask the audience to complete upon arrival. 

4. Contact Tracing

  • SATE will maintain a continuous log of every person who may have close contact with other individuals at our rehearsal and performances. 
  • SATE will collect contact information from all artists and audience members. 
  • SATE will notify state and local health departments if an artist or audience member tests positive for COVID-19. 
  • SATE will cooperate with contact tracing efforts, including notification of potential contacts who had close contact with the individual, while maintaining required confidentiality. 

5. Contactless Experience

  • SATE will utilize the online ticketing system, Eventbrite, to process ticket sales
    • Tickets will either be paid in advance or through a QR code at the venue linked to Eventbrite
  • SATE will use online programs available through a QR code
  • SATE will not sell concessions

6. Reduced Capacity 

  • SATE will reduce seating in compliance with public health recommendations/ mandates and accepted industry standards.

7. Enhanced Sanitation & Hygiene

  • SATE will provide and maintain hand hygiene stations in high touch or high volume areas.
  • SATE will post signage to remind artists and audience members to adhere to proper hygiene. 
  • SATE will conduct regular cleaning and disinfection.
  • SATE will sanitize public restrooms using EPA-approved disinfectants.
  • SATE will clean and disinfect contaminated areas in the event of a positive case. 
  • SATE will maintain written cleaning logs documenting the date, time and scope of cleaning. 
  • SATE will adhere to other sanitation measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other experts. 
  • SATE will keep rehearsal and performance spaces well-ventilated with circulating air.
  • All SATE artists will sign a letter of agreement/waiver prior to the start of rehearsal. 

8. Training

  • SATE producers will both be Missouri ArtSafe certified and will run Front of House for all productions.

SATE’s complete COVID safety plan:

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