Sarasota Opera and other local arts organizations join forces to institute new COVID-19 safety protocols for indoor performances
Sarasota’s arts organizations have announced new homeland security measures ahead of the 2021-22 season.
According to a press release, “a growing number of patrons and artists are extremely uncomfortable participating without strong health and safety protocols in place… in response to this situation and the current strong community spread of the COVID-19 virus, leaders shared their experiences and research of their March 2021 initiative #SafeArtsSarasota, which allowed local arts organizations to safely reopen to the public after being shut down during the pandemic. “
The ensembles, which include Asolo Repertory Theater, Circus Arts Conservatory, Florida Studio Theater, The Hermitage Artist Retreat, Sarasota Ballet, Sarasota Opera, Sarasota Orchestra, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall and Westcoast Black Theater Troupe, have agreed that all patrons have 12 years and over must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test no earlier than 72 hours before a performance or a negative rapid COVID-19 antigen test no earlier than 24 hours before the display case. Customers will also have the option to present a valid COVID vaccination record as an alternative to negative test results.
Finally, all participants, regardless of their testing or vaccination status, must wear nose and mouth masks at all times inside the site.
“Performing arts organizations have faced unprecedented challenges in this pandemic. Our sector has been unable to function normally since March 2020. Since the arts community is a major economic driver for Suncoast, our organizations are working collaboratively to ensure that our patrons can safely continue to experience the joy of performing. direct, and we can keep our artists and staff employed. Our economic and creative vitality depends on providing the safest possible environment for everyone, ”noted leaders of arts organizations in a press release.