Corvallis Contra Dance COVID-19 Policy

Subject to change. Updated 2023-08-29.

These policies reflect the Corvallis Contra Dance Committee and are approved by the Corvallis Folklore Society. They are intended to keep our 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 and its variants are 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 illness, 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 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:

  • Register for dances at the door and agree to all conditions for attendance.
  • Provide an email address at registration, to be used for contact tracing if needed.
  • Bring identification (driver’s license or government-issued ID) and proof of up-to-date vaccination, including at least one booster when eligible.
    • Up-to-date vaccination varies based on age and medical history, but includes a complete primary series (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Novavax, or Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen) and one recent booster dose recommended for you by the CDC (if applicable; new Omicron/dual boosters are recommended, but not required at this time). Please check health authority vaccine recommendations for your individual situation.
    • Proof of vaccination can be the physical card or a legible photo (front side at least).
    • 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.

Vaccination is safe, effective and strongly recommended, but proof of vaccination is no longer required for CFS Contra Dances.

  • Wear a well-fitted mask that 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 and less effective mask; consider bringing an extra/replacement(s).

Masks are no longer required but are strongly recommended.  This policy is subject to change based on the situation.

  • Sign the Corvallis Folklore Society waiver once and the Gatton Hall waiver at every dance.

The church no longer requires a waiver at each dance.

  • 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).
  • Consider taking a COVID-19 test before attending if you have recently traveled.
  • Stay home if you experience possible symptoms of COVID-19; you will not be admitted.

Additional precautions taken will include:

  • Unscented hand sanitizer available for use at the dance
  • Attendees should wash their hands regularly
  • Ventilation (open doors and windows, fans)
  • Bands and callers may be unmasked on stage and will be at least 12 feet from dancers.
  • Dancers should notify organizers ( of possible symptoms or positive tests within 10 days of the dance. Other attendees will be notified via email of reported positive cases (names of reported cases will be kept anonymous).