Corvallis Contra Dance COVID-19 Policy


This policy is subject to change. Updated 2022-03-02.

These policies reflect the Corvallis Contra Dance Committee and are approved by the Corvallis Folklore Society. They are intended to keep iur community and dancers as safe, healthy, and happy as possible.

Participation in contra dance during the COVID-19 pandemic carries not only the typical risks associated with a physical activity, but also increased risk of exposure to the COVID-19 virus.

  • COVID-19 is highly transmissible and can cause severe illness, long-term health complications, and/or death.
  • COVID-19 is spread through person-to-person contact, through airborne droplets exhaled by an infected person, even without any apparent symptoms of infection.
  • Vaccines are safe, widely available, and highly effective at protecting individuals against severe llness, hospitalization, and death resulting from COVID-19. However, vaccination does not provide
    complete protection from contracting and transmitting the virus.

Please note: People at higher risk of severe illness from the COVID-19 virus, or who are in regular contact with someone at higher risk, including young children and other unvaccinated people, should not attend contra dances at this time.

Contra dancing involves physical exertion and close contact with many people and is therefore associated with greater risk of viral transmission than other common activities. To protect our community as much as
possible, Corvallis contra dances will have the following precautions in place until further notice, which meet and may exceed mandated COVID-19 safety guidelines.

All attendees are required to:

  1. Pre-register for dances and agree to all conditions for attendance.
  2. Provide an email address for contact tracing if needed (gathered at pre-registration).
  3. Bring identification (driver’s license or government-issued ID) and proof of full vaccination, including a booster when eligible.
    • Full vaccination is 2 doses of Pfizer or Moderna mRNA or 1 dose of Johnson & Johnson.
    • Booster eligibility may vary but is currently 5 months after the second dose of Pfizer or Moderna, or 2 months after the single dose of Johnson & Johnson. Additional boosters may be required depending on health authority recommendations.
    • Proof of vaccination can be the physical card or a legible photo (front side at east).
    • We will not keep a record of your vaccination card, but with your permission we will add you to our list of pre-verified attendees who need only show ID in the future.
  4. Wear a well-fitted mask which covers your nose and mouth (a K/N95/KF94 is preferred, or double masking with a medical & cloth mask) while in the building, unless actively drinking water. Bring your own mask(s). Increased breathing may result in a moist mask; consider bringing an xtra/replacement.
  5. Sign both the Corvallis Folklore Society and Gatton Hall waivers.
  6. Be mindful of others’ variable comfort levels, especially with respect to personal space and level of touch (e.g., allow for different types of swings).
  7. Consider taking a COVID-19 test before attending if you have recently traveled.
  8. Stay home if you experience possible symptoms of COVID-19; you will not be admitted.

Additional precautions taken will include:

  • An attendance capacity of 108 dancers (about three well-spaced contra dance lines)
  • Unscented hand sanitizer available at the dance
  • Attendees should wash their hands regularly
  • Ventilation (open doors and windows, fans)
  • Chairs set up to allow for social distancing or socializing in “pods”
  • Bands and callers may be unmasked on stage and will be 12 feet from dancers.
  • A follow-up email will be sent 3 days after the dance requesting that dancers notify organizers of possible symptoms or positive tests within 10 days of the dance.