Covid Re-entry

Joyride is off for the Summer, back in September. We don’t know at this point what the Covid landscape will be in September or what our protocols will consist of. Please check back to this site as September approaches.

Below is a description of our protocols as they pertain to our April, May and June dances.

All attendees at Portland English and Contra dances and concerts will be required to: 1) Provide proof of Covid-19 vaccinations and booster (if eligible) including dates. That is, bring your CDC vaccination card, photo of your card, or other valid proof of vaccination/booster status. 2) Sign a liability waiver protecting dance organizers from lawsuit in the case that anyone comes down with Covid-19. 3) Provide contact information (name, email address, phone number) in the case that contact tracing becomes necessary. 4) For our June 1 dance, at least, we will require face masks for all attendees with the exception of performers on-stage.

We regret that due to the current surge in Covid cases and the enhanced transmission of the Coronavirus variants, we had to postpone our series reopening and cancel dances for a couple of years. However, we’re very happy that we’ve now played three contra dances with no adverse effects and we’re looking forward to our September 7 gig. Click here (flier will be posted soon) for a pdf flier for that event. Please check back to this space for latest accurate information with regard to the Joyride First Wednesday dance series.

Your vaccination status, liability waiver and contact information will be collected at the door and entered into a PCDC database (also used by non-PCDC events, like Joyride events). Once you have provided this information at any Portland dance you do not need to do so again when attending subsequent dances. The database will be shared among all dance events and when a dancer presents at the door, their name will be searched in the database. – If a person’s name is in the database, then they will be admitted into the dance to pay their admission and enjoy their evening. – If a person’s name is not in the database, they will be required to provide all of that information prior to being admitted to the dance. – If a person is not in the database and can’t or refuses to provide the necessary information, then they will not be admitted into the dance. There are no exceptions to this protocol, even for performers. No credentials, you stay outside.

These protocols are put into place in order to protect dancers, performers and staff from outbreak of Covid-19 and its variants. To avoid a long line at the door while we process information, please arrive early. We’ll do our best to be efficient. After a month or so of Portland dance events, the database will have grown so that most everyone who attends will be included and will show up on a search. But for the first couple of Joyride gigs, please arrive early and be patient while these protocols are enacted.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. We’re so very much looking forward to hosting our First Wednesday dance series once again.