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Updated April 5, 2021
Meany Center is making changes to the live performance experience in order to keep artists, audiences and employees safe. In partnership with the UW Environmental Health and Safety Department, our dynamic plans will focus on:
distancing audiences responsibly
limiting on-site transactions
enhancing our cleaning protocols
creating a culture that centers the safety of our artists, audiences and staff
Seating capacities in the Gerlich Theater could range from 340 to 1,200, depending on social distancing requirements.
- In our lowest capacity, our seating will be temporarily reassigned by groups of two in date-received order.
- Parties larger than two will be seated in close proximity where possible, but still in pairs.
- Subscriber seats cannot be guaranteed for physically distanced performances.
- When we can safely operate at full capacity, we will return to our standard seating plan.
CLEANING & SANITIZING
New safety protocols for live performance attendance may include, but are not limited to:
- Compliance with Washington state and University requirements.
- Enhanced daily cleaning procedures, adhering to CDC recommendations.
- Sanitation stations throughout the venues, including backstage and office spaces, that include hand sanitizer.
- Mandatory wearing of masks or face coverings in accordance with UW regulations.
- Updated restroom guidelines.
- Food service and artist merchandise may be suspended or adjusted to UW guidelines.
New audience procedures for live performances may include, but are not limited to:
- Reduced seating plans to accommodate social distancing requirements.
- Late seating procedures may change.
- New print-at-home, mobile and ticket scanning capacities to reduce transactions.
- Digital programs to reduce exchange of printed materials.
- Clear communication to guests regarding safety expectations in advance of each live performance.
- Secure patron information to facilitate contact tracing.
- Limit backstage visitors and artist greetings following performances.
For more information about the University of Washington’s COVID-19 response, please visit the UW COVID-19 Facts & Resources page.