El Olam  2 Day Dance, Mime, & Music Intensive - COVID Updates and Infection Protection Guidelines

Last year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, El Olam 2 Day Dance, Mime, & Music Intensive was canceled.  A lot of Christian Arts ministries were forced to stop practicing and ministering.  As we the Christian Arts community prepares to return to taking classes, ministering during services, or attending conferences and events here are some guidelines that are in place so that you, our volunteers, facilitators, participants, and TCF Center staff and patrons are safe.   As restrictions are added or lifted, we will post notifications on our website as well as I (Yolanda Rountree), will post regular updates on social media platforms.Type your paragraph here.

El Olam Intensive & TCF Center Protocols 

This year’s intensive will take place on July 9 and 10th.  We currently have a special registration rate of $50 until April 30.  Remember it is limited spacing so please get your registration in quickly. 

It is important to know that COVID spreads mainly from person to person.  This can happen if a person coughs or sneezes, their droplets can affect nearby people.  We must remember that even children can get COVID and spread it to others.  Here are the measures you must follow to make sure we are keeping each other safe during our event.

  • All participants will receive a survey via email or a hard form that asks:
    • Have you been vaccinated?
    • If not, do you have a negative COVID test within 48 hours of the intensive?
    • Have you or anyone in your household had any of the following symptoms in the last 14 days: sore throat, cough, chills, body aches for unknown reasons, shortness of breath for unknown reasons, loss of smell, loss of taste, fever at or greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit?
    • Have you or anyone in your household been tested for COVID-19 within the last 21 days?
    • To the best of your knowledge have you been or anyone in your household been in close proximity to any individual who tested positive for COVID-19 or experienced COVID-19 symptoms within the last 21 days?

  • Building Guidelines
    • There will be two entrances for the Intensive
      • Upstairs from the rooftop parking
      • Main door off Washington Street​
    • Temperatures multiple times throughout the day​
      • The first time arriving at the facility, temperatures will be taken at the front door and rooftop parking door.​
        • Tickets will be given to you to turn in to verify that your temperature was under 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit.​
      • The second time will be while in the registration line.
      • The third time will be at the entrance to the main room for evening services.

  • Mask
    • Mask must be worn at all times inside the facility.
    • You may lift your mask to take a drink of water.
    • Please leave the facility if you need to take your mask off
    • Violators will be removed from the intensive and removed from TCF Center.
    • Only the facilitators will not have to wear a mask while they are teaching their class.​
      • Only if the facilitator has had a negative COVID test or has received the vaccine.
    • ​Facilitators must wear a mask outside of the room that they are teaching in.

  • Wristbands
    • Please keep wristbands on for the entire event.  We will not all anyone in any room without a wristband
    • Each participant, parent, and observer must have a wristband in order to enter their specific class or evening services.
    • ​This year we are limiting the observers to only 7 people per room.  Observers is a paid registration.

  •  Registration
    • Registration will be handled differently this year.  Each participant will be registered for a specific Block.  Which means they will be in the same room for the entire day for both days.
      • This will help us with skip tracing – in case someone gets sick.
    • All participants who are currently registered will receive a call within the next 2 weeks to let us know which Block they are registering for.
      • Block 1 – Advance/Intermediate (20 and up)
      • Block 2 – All Levels/Limited Movement/Beginners/Intermediate (20 and up)
      • Block 3 – Men Dancers Only (13 and up)
      • Block 4 – Mime (All Ages)
      • Block 5 – Teen (Ages 13 – 19)
      • Block 6 – Youth (Ages 12 and Under)
      • Block 7 – Psalmist (All Ages)

  • Evening Service
    • Wristband verification and Temperature will be taken before entering the room.​
      • Everyone must have a wristband in order to enter the room.
      • Everyone must have a temperature of 100.4 or less to enter.
    • Evening service is still open to the public but at a cost, this year to manage the number of open seats at $10 per person (All participants, parents, and observer are excluded from this)
    • Seating​
      • Each participant will sit with their block/class.
      • The parents will have available seating behind the youth section.

  •  Saturday
    • Temperatures will be taken before anyone can enter their first class.
    • Wristbands must be worn at all times.

  •  Sanitizing Stations
    • There will be sanitizing stations located outside each room.
    • Please sanitize often.

  •  Social Distancing
    • Please maintain your 6 ft in class
    • ​Try not to stand close to anyone who is not within your party.

 Remember that these guidelines are in place to help keep you, the participants, facilitators, and venue staff safe.  As guidelines become available, we will make sure they are updated on our website as well as on social media platforms.

Thank you all for taking the time to listen and please do not hesitate to email or call us with questions at registration@elolamdance.org or 248-599-2239.

God bless you all.