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SCRT Extended Closure (Mar.-Sep. 2020)

Elizabeth Dapo - photo courtesy of Elizabeth Dapo

SCRT Update: Temporary Closure Extended To September To Our Friends and Neighbors: I wrote you on March 16th to let you know that we had made the difficult decision to suspend all events and performances until May 15th. As of today, March 31st, that closure has been extended to September.

We do not make this decision lightly and we appreciate the significant impact that these frustrating social and economic disruptions have on our community—including SCRT’s extraordinary and tireless staff and volunteers, and our fabulous community of patrons, sponsors, donors, arts lovers and advocates.

As a community center for the performing arts, we understand that public health is paramount and we urge everyone to follow the guidelines and protocols put forth by our public health officials. For the health and safety of everyone, we respectfully request that you follow CDC recommendations and stay at home if you are feeling ill. Social distancing is the best preventative measure available to mitigate the spread of the virus and save lives right now in Southern Colorado,—as well as to ensure the long term well-being of our friends, neighbors, and fellow citizens.

SCRT's goal will be to rise from the ashes and continue fostering and cultivating the power of the performing arts to help us all feel connected...even as we distance ourselves to limit the spread of this virus. Thank you for your continued support. SCRT relies 100% on the support of the Southern Colorado community at this time. Your donations during the coming months will ensure SCRT's chances to regroup. Please consider showing your support through an online donation at

Wishing you good health, Andrew Schneider, Executive Director

P.S. My last day with SCRT will be April 15th. Please don't hesitate to reach out to me here while I am still in my post. I have had a blast getting to know Trinidad and the community closest to SCRT, and I expect nothing but the best and brightest for the future of the performing arts in Southern Colorado.


Our recommendations from Colorado Department of Public Health: (click any of the images to download the full PDF)


The following guidance for households, workplaces, and vehicles is based on Interim Recommendations for US Households with Suspected/Confirmed Coronavirus Disease 2019. For the full PDF of these cleaning guidelines, please CLICK HERE. According to CDC, the transmission of COVID-19 to persons from surfaces contaminated with the virus has not been documented. Transmission of coronavirus occurs much more commonly through respiratory droplets. Current evidence suggests that COVID-19 may remain viable for hours to days on surfaces made from a variety of materials. Cleaning of visibly dirty surfaces followed by disinfection is a best practice measure for prevention of COVID-19 and other viral respiratory illnesses in households and community settings. ● Cleaning refers to the removal of germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces. Cleaning does not kill germs, but by removing them, it lowers their numbers and the risk of spreading infection. ● Disinfecting refers to using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces. This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs, but by killing germs on a surface after cleaning, it can further lower the risk of spreading infection. How to clean and disinfect surfaces ● Wear disposable gloves when cleaning and disinfecting surfaces. Gloves should be discarded after each cleaning. If reusable gloves are used, those gloves should be dedicated for cleaning and disinfection of surfaces for COVID-19 and should not be used for other purposes. Clean hands immediately after gloves are removed. ● If surfaces are dirty, they should be cleaned using a detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection. ● For disinfection, diluted household bleach solutions, alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol, and most common EPA-registered household disinfectants should be effective. Consult the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning and disinfection products used. ● Diluted household bleach solutions can be used if appropriate for the surface. Follow manufacturer’s instructions for mixing, application and proper ventilation. Check to ensure the product is not past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser. Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted. ○ Prepare a bleach solution by mixing: ■ 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water. This a "standard recipe," be sure to check the label as bleach comes in different concentrations. ■ 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water ○ Products with EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens are expected to be effective against COVID-19 based on data for harder to kill viruses. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products (e.g., concentration, application method and contact time, etc.). ● For soft (porous) surfaces such as carpeted floor, rugs, and drapes, remove visible contamination if present and clean with appropriate cleaners indicated for use on these surfaces. After cleaning: ○ Launder items as appropriate in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. If possible, launder items using the warmest appropriate water setting for the items and dry items completely, or ● Use products with the EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens claims (examples at this link) that are suitable for porous surfaces. How to clean and disinfect clothing, towels, and linens ● Wear disposable gloves when handling dirty laundry from an ill person and then discard after each use. If using reusable gloves, those gloves should be dedicated for cleaning and disinfection of surfaces for COVID-19 and should not be used for other household purposes. Clean hands immediately after gloves are removed. ○ If no gloves are used when handling dirty laundry, wash hands afterwards. ○ If possible, do not shake dirty laundry. This will minimize the possibility of dispersing virus through the air. ○ Launder items as appropriate in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. If possible, launder items using the warmest appropriate water setting for the items and dry items completely. Dirty laundry from an ill person can be washed with other people’s items. ○ Clean and disinfect clothes hampers according to guidance above for surfaces. If possible, consider placing a bag liner that is either disposable (can be thrown away) or can be laundered.

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