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Gov. Mike DeWine issues guidance for performing arts theaters to reopen with audiences

Posted at 9:45 PM, Aug 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-21 21:45:20-04

COLUMBUS, Ohio — As the state continues its responsible restart of multiple sectors, Gov. Mike DeWine released guidance for performing arts theaters in Ohio to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Directors, producers, conductors, actors, dancers, musicians and other performers, as well as employees and volunteers at the theaters, will be required to conduct daily health assessments and maintain six feet of distance when not rehearsing or performing.

The state said that theaters should attempt to limit cross-team contact and everyone must wear face masks or coverings when not rehearsing or performing and must follow the state mask order when in public.

Patrons who attend the theater for a performance must wear face masks or coverings at all times, the state said.

In outdoor theater venues, the lesser of 1,500 individuals or 15% of the venue’s seating capacity will be permitted. For indoor venues, the lesser of 300 individuals or 15% of the seating capacity will be permitted.

When at performances, family members are asked to sit together and away from others. Six feet of distance must be provided between groups of no more than four individuals or members of the same household.

During intermission, congregating in the lobby is prohibited, the state said.

The state requires musicians to arrange performances on stage or in orchestra pits in a a way that allows as much social distancing as possible, considering playing many musical instruments increases the risk of airborne COVID-19 transmission.

To read the full list of guidelines, click here.

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