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UPDATED 8.27.20

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!


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