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How We're Making the CTC Safe for You

In such an uncertain time, one thing’s for certain. The Chattanooga Theatre Centre is making your safety our #1 priority.

It is the CTC’s mission to provide high-quality theatre experiences and opportunities to engage in them, but we must balance that priority with the safety interests of our patrons, volunteers, students, and staff. We are committed to the health and well-being of all members of the CTC family and to mitigating the spread of the virus in our community.

Based on the recommendations and policies of local, state, and national officials, and our own commitment to you, there are no firm dates for our upcoming season. Our team is continually assessing when it will be appropriate for all of us to come together again, and we are planning for how we can do so responsibly when that time comes.

The current public health threat requires all of us to adapt to new procedural and behavioral norms. As such, we are taking a phased approach to reopening–after closing our doors on March 13–while adhering to the highest standards of public safety.

As they become available, you’ll find full details about how we’re going to do that on this page. It is a work in progress, as the response to the current crisis is constantly evolving, but we will provide you with more information about how we’re making your safety at the CTC our top priority.

Stay tuned!

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Phase 1: Summer Academy (July 6-August 7)

The CTC is pleased to offer our popular Summer Academy with strict accommodations and in an abbreviated format. To ensure the health and safety of our students and staff, our Summer Academy has been adapted to a one-month program of half-day sessions at limited capacity. Class sizes are limited to 10 for each session, with no interaction between classes. Grades 4 and up only to ensure physical distancing.

The following procedures will be followed:

  • Temperatures will be checked by a no-contact thermometer before students and staff enter the building. Sick students and staff will not be allowed in the building.
  • Students and staff are required to wear face coverings at all times in the building.
  • Students and staff are expected to wash and sanitize their hands at regular intervals. Hand sanitizing stations have been placed throughout the building.
  • Students and staff are required to adhere to social distancing practices in and outside of classes.
  • Activities will be confined to certain locations in the building, and there will be limited access to other spaces within the building.
  • Parents or guardians will remain outside when dropping off and picking up their students.
  • The building will be closed between 12 noon and 1:00 p.m. each day for deep cleaning.

Admission to the Summer Academy is by reservation only. Because schedules may be subject to change, advance reservations are required but fee payments will not be due until the first day of class.

For information about our Summer Academy offerings, grade levels, hours, and fees, CLICK HERE. For more information, email Education Director Chuck Tuttle at [email protected].

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Phase 2: Adult Academy (August 2-14)

The CTC is pleased to offer a new learning opportunity in our first-ever Adult Academy. To ensure the health and safety of our students and staff, several safety protocols will be in effect.

Safety measures will include:

  • Class sizes will be limited to 10 people to ensure physical distancing.
  • Temperatures will be checked by a no-contact thermometer before students and staff enter the building. 
  • Students and staff are required to wear face coverings at all times in the building.
  • Students and staff are expected to wash and sanitize their hands at regular intervals. 
  • Students and staff are required to adhere to social distancing practices in and outside of classes.
  • High-traffic surfaces will be sanitized between every class.

For information about our Adult Academy offerings, CLICK HERE. For more information, email Education Director Chuck Tuttle at [email protected].

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Phase 3: Under Development

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NOTE: If circumstances make it necessary that we revisit our policies, procedures, and scheduling, we will do so, with the safety and well-being of our CTC family our top priority.

Sources: 

“Roadmap for Recovery & Resilience,” American Repertory Theatre & Harvard University School of Public Health

“Guide to Reopening Theatrical Venues,” Performing Arts Center Consortium Advisory Committee on Reopening

Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

State of Tennessee’s Tennessee Pledge

Hamilton County Health Department

Chattanooga Gathering Guide