COVID Policy

The Lawrence Barn Dance Association Board would like to thank our community for your understanding as we have navigated the COVID-19 pandemic. The LBDA is committed to supporting a vibrant, inclusive, and safe environment for everyone.  A key part of that is addressing the risks of community transmission of infectious disease.  Our covid protocol has evolved and we update our policy as needed based on current risks. Our intention is to provide everyone with an assurance that risks are minimized.

In order to minimize the risk of transmission or infection up-to-date vaccination is strongly encouraged.

If you have been exposed to COVID in the last 5 days, or if you are experiencing symptoms of illness (COVID or other), we ask that you not attend out of consideration for your fellow dancers.

To attend a regular monthly dance you will need:

  • COVID vaccination and current booster within the past 6 months, OR negative rapid antigen test in the last 24 hours
  • Masking depends on Douglas County transmission level.  When the 14-day average rate is less than 25 (LOW), masks will be optional at the event. When the rate is between 25 and 50 (MEDIUM), masks will be required. We fully support anyone who wants to wear a mask at any time.  Masks need to cover nose and mouth.

We also require everyone attending an event to sign a waiver and provide contact information. Please inform us if you become ill within 3-5 days after attending so we can notify others.

Special events, like the Yuletide Frolick, will have more rigorous protocols because the risk of exposure is greater.

  • We ask all attendees to show proof of a negative rapid antigen test within the last 24 hours.
  • We will provide rapid antigen tests at check-in as needed.  For people who attend both days of Yuletide Frolick we recommend but do not require retesting on Saturday.
  • Proof of negative antigen test can be shown by a photo on your phone which is time stamped.
  • Masking will depend on Douglas County and regional transmission levels.

We recognize that these procedures are an inconvenience, however we believe these are the minimal level required to assure that everyone can enjoy the dance.

Masking:  Breathable and comfortable masks designed for sporting activity are available as noted at the following websites.  N95 masks will be available at the admission table.

https://www.insider.com/guides/health/fitness/best-masks-for-working-out

https://www.cnet.com/health/fitness/best-face-mask-for-exercise/

Local vaccination and testing:

For Kansas residents, Orchards Drug in Lawrence is providing free vaccination and testing including PCR and antigen tests during business hours Monday through Friday.  PCR results are available in 24 hours and antigen test results within 1 hour.