We Care About Your Safety
PATHOCIDE® FOGGING SANITIZATION TECHNOLOGY USED AT THE VAN WEZEL PROVEN TO INACTIVATE SARS-CoV-2 VIRUS
Safety remains a top priority as the Van Wezel begins to bring audiences back into the Hall. The theater has begun a mass-disinfecting fogging process with PathoCide® throughout all spaces used for events. The Van Wezel was notified that, as proven by an independent GLP laboratory, the product can effectively inactivate the SARS-CoV-2 virus in 60 seconds on pre-cleaned surfaces and in 10 minutes on surfaces that are not pre-cleaned when produced by the PathoSans on-site generator at the Hall and used as directed. The theater is following this procedure to sanitize before and after events in the Hall, as well as when performances resume on the main stage, as part of a comprehensive safety initiative.
This fogging procedure, which is also effective against a wide range of bacteria and viruses, will be one step in the full approach to keep patrons, staff and performers safe. High touch areas are being disinfected throughout events, including door handles, handrails, elevator call buttons and counters. Some of the additional measures include an increase in hand sanitizer stations in easily accessible locations, as well as plexiglass installation in the box office. The theater is also looking at magnetometers that can read temperatures as well as touchless ticketing options. Patrons are encouraged to join the Van Wezel’s e-club and follow the theater on social media to stay informed of all developments as protocols evolve.
To learn more about the product being used at the Van Wezel, visit https://pathosans.com/.
At the present time, the City of Sarasota requires the use of face coverings on City property (both indoor and outdoor) under City Ordinance 20-5329. Exemptions to the ordinance are outlined within the ordinance.
Masks/face coverings must be worn until the patron has reached their assigned table. Should a patron need to leave their table for any reason, they must wear their face covering until they’ve returned to their table. Patrons will be required to use the dedicated aisleway to maintain distancing from other tables when leaving their tables.
Hand sanitizer stations will be accessible throughout the facility and event spaces (i.e. lobbies upon entry and grand foyer where event is taking place). Patrons must use hand sanitizer prior to entering the facility.
We will be using a fogging machine to mass disinfect all areas with an environmentally responsible PathoCide sanitizer/disinfectant. Per PathoSans, this is “99.999% effective at killing bacteria within seconds” (PathoSans 2020). These areas will be fogged both prior to and following the event.
High touch areas will be disinfected throughout the event, including door handles, handrails, elevator call buttons, counters, etc.
Bathrooms will be cleaned and disinfected prior to the event, as well as routinely throughout the event. Bathrooms will require limited capacity to encourage social distancing in smaller spaces.
All tables will be socially distanced (6’ minimum) from each other and staff will be encouraging social distancing protocols for all persons.
Dedicated ingress and egress doors will be assigned to maintain flow of socially distanced traffic.
While the Box Office recently reopened its doors for patrons, no performances are scheduled in the main auditorium until later this year. We are following guidelines regarding best practices for sanitization, safety and will continue to do so. We also consult weekly with industry leaders and local performance venues and organizations on safety measures.
As we plan to implement new practices, local and national guidelines continue to evolve. We will continue to monitor any changes in directives and inform you of specific plans as we get closer to re-opening.
We appreciate your understanding and patience, and we can't wait to welcome you back to the Van Wezel to enjoy live performances!