ROULETTE’S REOPENING & SAFETY PROTOCOLS

For over 40 years, Roulette has presented new and adventurous art to audiences interested in the evolution of experimental work. In order to continue pursuing our mission amidst the challenges and uncertainties presented by COVID-19, Roulette has created a robust reopening plan outlining policies and protocols to protect the health and safety of our staff, contractors, performers, clients, and broader community.

Protocols Effective May 1, 2021

Public Events 
Roulette staff and performing artists must receive a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of being on site OR must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at least 14 days prior to being on site.

Audiences for events with less 100 attendees are not required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test or proof of vaccination. This includes in-person ticketed performances presented as part of Roulette's Spring Season. However, if you have been exposed to or exhibited symptoms consist with COVID-19 within the past 10 days, entry will not be permitted.

Media Production & Private Events 
Private events and media production activities are subject to testing requirements detailed in the current NY Forward guidelines.

  • You must arrive wearing a mask.
  • Entry to Roulette is prohibited to anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or come into contact with someone suspected of having COVID-19 within the past 10 days.
  • For Roulette performances, all tickets must be purchased in advance. No tickets or complimentary passes will be available at the door. Anyone who has not received pre-event confirmation of their authorization to be on-site will be turned away.
  • Upon arrival, everyone must submit or confirm their contact information. This information will only be used in the event that there is COVID-19 exposure and contact tracing becomes necessary.
  • Please arrive according to instructions provided to you in advance (i.e. via a ticket purchase confirmation email).
  • Please depart promptly following the event.

  • Masks must be worn at all times.
  • Performing artists may remove masks at pre-approved times as part of their performance.

  • Everyone who is not part of the same household must maintain 6 ft distance at all times.
  • Performing artists may be exempted from observing physical distancing as part of their performance, but they will maintain 12 ft distance from audience members at all times.

  • Roulette’s bar is currently closed.
  • No food or drink may be consumed in public areas (i.e. Roulette’s lobby or performance space).
  • Staff, artists, and organizers of rental events may eat and drink in private areas designated in pre-event communications and/or on-site signage.
  • Catered private events are permissible but are subject to NY Forward Guidelines for general food service and indoor food service and approval by Roulette staff.

  • Roulette is professionally cleaned on a regular basis.
  • High-touch surface areas and AV equipment are disinfected periodically.
  • Roulette’s HVAC system employs MERV-13 filters and in-duct Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation (UV-C light) to prevent the spread of a number of airborne contaminants and illnesses, including COVID-19.

Entry to Roulette is prohibited to anyone who:

  • Is currently experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19
  • Has been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the past 10 days
  • Has come into contact with someone suspected of having COVID-19 within the past 10 days.

Anyone who begins experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 while on site at Roulette should immediately leave the venue and refrain from re-entering until they are symptom-free and have received a negative COVID-19 test. Roulette staff and performing artists should be in touch with Roulette's Director of Operations and Managing Director for further guidance.

Single Positive Case

  • If a Roulette Staff member tests positive for COVID-19, they need to contact their manager and Roulette's Managing Director and Operations Director immediately and no later than 24 hours after diagnosis. All health information and names will be kept confidential within Roulette. 
  • Roulette staff should immediately start a 14-day self-quarantine and follow continued medical guidance (which may advise shortening the quarantine period to 10 days).
  • Roulette will contact the NYC Test and Trace Corps and conduct an internal contact trace to identify persons at a high risk of exposure.
  • Those identified as having a high risk of exposure should undergo testing for COVID-19, isolate, monitor new or worsening symptoms, and seek medical guidance as needed.

Second Positive Case

  • If a second positive COVID-19 result is discovered within the Roulette Staff within a 14-day period, all theater operations will halt immediately. 
  • Roulette will contact the NYC Test and Trace Corps and conduct an internal contact trace to identify persons at a high risk of exposure.
  • All persons exposed will be asked to refrain from entering Roulette until they have completed a 10-14 day quarantine and/or tested negative for COVID-19. More specific instructions will come from Roulette's Managing Director or Director of Operations and will be in line with the most current public health guidance available from the NY State Department of Health and the CDC.
  • Based on the contact trace, Roulette may implement a 14-day office closure and quarantine while the facilities are disinfected.

Single Positive Case

  • If an authorized guest tests positive for COVID-19, they need to contact Roulette immediately and no later than 24 hours after diagnosis. All health information and names will be kept confidential. 
  • Roulette’s Managing Director and Operations Director will facilitate the following:
    • Staff that are known to have come into contact with the individual who tested positive should start a 10-14-day self-quarantine and follow continued medical guidance. 
    • Roulette will contact the NYC Test and Trace Corps and conduct an internal contact trace to identify persons at a high risk of exposure.
    • Identified staff should undergo COVID-19 testing, begin quarantine, monitor new or worsening symptoms, and seek medical guidance as needed.

Second Positive Case

  • If a second positive COVID-19 result is discovered among authorized guests, Roulette will follow the same protocol for the discovery of a single positive case. However, if there appears to be a single cluster (i.e. members of an ensemble or repeat rental client), affected individuals will be prohibited from returning to Roulette for at least 14 days and further conversations with Roulette will be required before their approved return.
  • Roulette will contact the NYC Test and Trace Corps and conduct an internal contact trace to identify persons at a high risk of exposure.

In the case of close-contact second-degree exposure (i.e. if you were closer than 6 ft for more than 15 min to someone who was exposed to a positive case), entry to Roulette is prohibited for 10 days after the exposure.

If you have any questions about Roulette's reopening or safety protocols, please contact us at: roulette@roulette.org.