HEALTH & SAFETY PROTOCOLS
When the Weinberg Center for the Arts closed its doors on March 12, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we all thought it would just be a matter of weeks before we re-opened. As we all know, that was not to be the case and we have now been closed for over a year. State, county, city and CDC restrictions are slowly lifting, allowing the Weinberg Center to carefully plan to re-open. We continue to prioritize the health and well-being of our patrons, artists, volunteers, staff, and the community and are committed to following national and local guidelines for safety while providing a safe and enjoyable experience for all.
Improvements we’ve made to ensure your safety
- Ultraviolet lights and Hepa filters have been installed in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning systems. These systems have been proven 99.9% effective in removing airborne viruses such as COVID-19.
- Touchless paper and soap dispensers have been installed throughout the building.
- Hand sanitizing stations have been placed throughout the lobby areas.
- Automatic door openers have been installed in the front doors so patrons do not need to touch handles.
- Automatic light sensors have been installed in the bathrooms.
- Floor markings will be in place to encourage social distancing.
- The theater will be cleaned and sanitized after every performance.
- Current guidelines from Governor Hogan allow us to be open for events at 50% capacity at this time. However, when implementing social distancing of patron seats within the theater, we are at less than 30% capacity
- Tickets to events will be sold on a first come basis in pods of 2, 3, and 4 to control social distancing.
- Seating will be every other row with two seats empty between parties for adequate social distancing.
What you can expect during your visit to the theater:
- Masks for patrons and performers over 5 years old must be worn at all times.
- No outside concessions will be allowed in the building nor will any be sold during performances in May and June.
- Temperature checks will be taken upon entry.*
- Arrival and departure times will be staggered to reduce crowds in the lobby areas.
- Paperless ticketing will be urged with patrons downloading tickets on to phones.
- We are experimenting with virtual programs to reduce paper.
* If you don’t feel well, have exhibited symptoms of COVID-19 in the previous 14 days, or been in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the previous 14 days, please stay home. Everyone entering the Weinberg Center for the Arts (Staff, performers, volunteers, patrons) will have a temperature scan. Anyone with a temperature higher than 100° will be denied entry.
PLEASE NOTE: These protocols currently in place are subject to change in compliance with revisions to national, state and local guidelines regarding COVID-19. While we will provide the most up-to-date public health procedures to improve patron safety, they are not an absolute protection against contracting COVID-19. Patrons assume their own risk by entering the facility.