The Sunday Jam status log

Current Status

    • As COVID continues to be active locally we require all who attend to be fully vaccinated and to wear a mask in the studio.

    • (Starting October 2, 2022 the jam will be held at Dance Place, DC. You can see details on this "preview" page: Sunday Jam – Preview October 2022.)

    • We post about extraordinary changes for situations like venue outages or COVID surges here and on the DC-CI mailing list and in the DC Contact Improv Facebook group.

  • From Sunday, August 7, 2022 through September 25, 2022 the Jam was held in the social hall of Saint Monica and Saint James Episcopal Church, from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm.

  • On Wednesday July 13, 2022 a jammer who was at the Sunday, July 10 jam reported that he tested positive that morning for COVID. He started experiencing symptoms on Monday or Tuesday. On Wednesday we contacted the jammers using the vaccinations affirmation and tracing form we keep, suggesting they follow CDC guidelines to test on Friday, July 15. We intend to continue holding the jam regularly, including this Sunday, July 17, at the regular time and place.

Prior Entries

  • No jam on March 20, 2022. Our studio, Dance Institute of Washington, needs the entire building.

  • Sunday jams resume Feb 13, 2022. COVID conditions have been settling.

  • No jam on Feb 6, 2022. Due to COVID surge and particularly the hospital system strain.

  • No jam on Jan 30, 2022. Due to COVID surge and particularly the hospital system strain.

  • No jam on Jan 23, 2022. Our studio, Dance Institute of Washington, needs the entire building for an event.

  • No jam on Jan 16, 2022. Due to COVID surge and particularly the hospital system strain.

  • No jam on Jan 9, 2022. Due to COVID surge and particularly the hospital system strain.

  • (The Sunday jam did happen on Jan 2, 2022.)

  • No jam Sunday, December 19, 2012

  • Otherwise, the jam continues on our regular schedule (see The Sunday Jam), with continuing COVID-19 special protocols:

  • The Sunday jam will not be happening on Sunday, October 31, 2021 (Halloween). It is continuing on other Sundays.

    • Our studio, Dance Institute of Washington, is undergoing renovation, and will not be available on Halloween.

  • The DC Sunday Jam continues on October 10, 2021 and following Sundays until further notice. Several measures are required to be responsive to COVID-19 conditions.

  • We are required to limit participation to people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, wear masks while in the building, and inform all who attend that they must

  • Sunday Jam is happening on September 26, 2021, but it is not happening on October 3, 2021. We will post updates when we figure out the status for subsequent dates.

  • Sunday Jam resuming on September 19, 2021. In order to attend you must be fully vaccination and wear a mask.

We hope to continue thenceforth, but be sure to check – the uncertainty of these times is an undiminished, and we'll need to continue to evaluate the circumstances as we proceed.

  • September, 2021: The Sunday jam is suspended until further notice. We are waiting for the coronavirus situation to settle in a way that allows the jam to safely resume. Stay tuned, we will update the status as the situation develops.

  • August, 2021: The August 8, 2021 DC Sunday jam is cancelled due to emerging news concerning increased susceptibility to and transmission of the new virus variants among vaccinated people. Stay tuned, we will update the status as the situation develops. [The jam was suspended into September.]

  • The August 1, 2021 DC Sunday jam is cancelled due to emerging news concerning increased susceptibility to and transmission of the new virus variants among vaccinated people. Stay tuned, we will update the status as the situation develops.

  • The DC Sunday jam is scheduled to resume on July 11, from 2 to 5 PM, at Dance Institute of Washington. Until prevailing recommendations change we are requiring that all attending are fully vaccinated, and ask that you bring a mask for traveling through the building to get to our studio.

See the The Sunday Jam page for details.

Prior Status (click to show)

Starts with: "Risk for community spread in the District remains low"

"On March 7, 2020, DC Health was notified of a confirmed case of COVID-19 at Christ Church, Georgetown Episcopal. Through DC Health’s investigation, in consultation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), all visitors to Christ Church, Georgetown Episcopal on February 24th, and between February 28th and March 3rd could have been exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19, and DC Health is recommending that anyone who visited Christ Church, Georgetown Episcopal on those dates isolate themselves at home for 14 days from the last time they visited the church. Isolating at home includes not going to work or school, and not attending any large or public gatherings, or using public transportation or ride-sharing. DC Health may also be reaching out to certain individuals who are more likely to have been exposed with further guidance."

Things are developing fast, and may be getting near the threshold where we have to consider cancelling the jam. We'll continue to monitor, and update as the situation requires. As a few people have pointed out, while there are risks in social contact (and contact improv), there are important benefits, as well - positive connection can have a positive effect on health, for instance. We want to continue holding our regular sessions as long as it's responsible to do so.

Of course, the emerging guidelines for taking care of yourself and others with the prospect of the coronavirus apply to us all. In particular, if you're feeling sick, please do not attend! I'm not going to go over stuff like washing your hands and not touching your face - there are many good places to find that kind of information, like https://coronavirus.dc.gov/page/how-protect-yourself-covid-19.