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Updated June 3, 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:

  1. distancing audiences responsibly

  2. limiting on-site transactions

  3. enhancing our cleaning protocols

  4. 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 if social distancing is required.

  • 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.


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.
  • Possible changes to food service and artist merchandise.


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 PDF tickets and ticket scanning capabilities to reduce transactions.
  • Digital programs to reduce exchange of printed materials.   
  • Clear communication to guests regarding safety expectations in advance of each live performance.
  • 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.