Avalon COVID Use Policy

September 3, 2021: in effect until further notice

Summary:

  • In accordance with Boulder County Public Health (BCPH) Public Health Order 2021-08, masks must be worn indoors in all areas of The Avalon.
  • The Avalon remains a “vaccinated only” venue. 
  • All attendees at all events must provide proof of full vaccination when asked by the event organizer or Avalon staff.
  • Attendees must inform the event organizer if they have COVID symptoms or test positive for COVID within 2 week of attendance at an event, and organizers must notify covid@boulderdancecoalition.org.

Avalon Use Policy in the Time of COVID

We are excited about getting together and dancing again. However, we want to do so with consideration of the health and safety of our community. In establishing this policy, we have considered the guidelines established by Boulder County, the State of Colorado, and the CDC. 

Also,

  • Because dancing is much more intimate than other indoor activities and therefore could be more apt to spread disease, 
  • And because our population skews older than the general population and is therefore at higher risk from severe disease, 
  • And because our HVAC system is not designed to neutralize viruses:

our policy emphasizes community safety.

As the situation changes, this policy may change. 

Avalon Policy:

  • Public Health Order 2021-08 requires that all individuals age two and older, regardless of vaccination status, wear a face covering in all public indoor spaces in Boulder County. The Order applies to public indoor spaces, including event spaces, such as The Avalon. Masking will be required as long as this order is in effect.
  • The Avalon is a “vaccinated only” venue. 
  • Renters must provide proof of vaccination to Avalon staff prior to holding events.
  • Renters are responsible for ensuring that all attendees at their events are fully vaccinated.
  • All attendees at all events must provide proof of full vaccination when asked by the event organizer or Avalon staff.
  • Because the repercussions would be serious if an outbreak occurs at the Avalon, renters who fail to ensure that attendees are vaccinated risk losing rental privileges.

The Delta variant has begun to spread among the vaccinated. A few vaccinated dancers attended unvaccinated events elsewhere, then attended events at the Avalon, and subsequently tested positive for COVID. The timing suggests that these dancers did not contract COVID at the Avalon, but they may have inadvertently exposed other Avalon dancers.

Therefore:

  • Renters are required to inform attendees at events that they should notify the organizer if they have COVID symptoms or test positive for COVID within 2 weeks after attending an event at the Avalon.
  • Organizers are required to notify the Boulder Dance Coalition COVID team of any potential exposures at: covid@boulderdancecoalition.org.
  • If the organizer or the COVID team believes an exposure could have occurred, the organizer should inform attendees at the relevant events and suggest testing.

Note: 

We understand that some people are unable to get the vaccine for health reasons. We are sorry that those people will be unable to attend Avalon events. We hope that, as the pandemic wanes, we can accommodate all those who wish to dance at the Avalon.