Your e-mail has probably been flooded with e-mails from every company in the world telling you how they're battling the coronavirus. Well, I suppose it's time for me to follow suit.
We have no idea where things are going to stand in 8-10 weeks when the Summer Reading Program gets underway. We all hope and pray that it will be back to "business as usual."
But if it's not...
Here is my cancellation policy: If you've already hired me to perform at your library and you need to cancel due to the coronavirus, please let me know as soon as possible. There are no cancellation charges or anything like that. These are extraordinary circumstances. But please let me know as soon as possible so that I can open that date up. There may be another library who is still planning activities and may be able to use that time slot. If you have already prepaid for a show this summer and you need to cancel, I can either return the money to you or use it as payment for a show later in the summer or next year. The choice is up to you.
The coronavirus situation has also made me reassess my show from a health standpoint. There are a few tricks in every show where I have an assistant (usually a child) help with a trick or routine by holding one of my props. My first thought was to eliminate those routines from my show. However, since audience participation and volunteers are an important part of the entertainment value of my show, I've decided on an alternate solution. Any props touched or held by volunteers will be cleansed with disinfectant wipes between performances. All other props will also be cleaned on a regular basis.
Let's keep our fingers crossed that everyone is healthy, happy and ready for a great time at your library this summer!