Health & Safety at MCPA
A Health & Safety Update from MCPA
August 12, 2021
Dear Patrons and Community Members,
A few short months ago we joyfully announced that live arts had returned to MCPA. We threw open the doors and revealed our 2021-2022 season. Since then, we’ve been happily selling tickets, presenting shows – both inside and out – and partnering on free concerts, food truck days and farmers markets.
Recently the COVID concern has re-emerged, perhaps putting all our plans in jeopardy once again. We are not at that point yet and, with a little effort on all our parts, I believe we can avoid another round of cancelled shows, disappointed students and further financial hardships.
Based on the CDC’s current recommendations, all MCPA staff members, volunteers, vendors, contractors, artists and participants will wear facial coverings at events. We are not yet requiring audience members and other patrons to mask up but we highly recommend doing so for everyone’s protection.
Requiring vaccinations of audience members is a political minefield upon which I desperately hope not to step. At this time, MCPA has no plans to implement such a requirement. Many performers, however, are asking venues to limit attendance to only those who are vaccinated or have recently tested negative for COVID. The time may come when we must choose between cancelling a show or requiring proof of vaccination.
If this becomes a necessity, the board and I will not take the decision lightly. We will weigh the benefits and drawbacks involved and be transparent about whatever course of action we take.
In the meantime, there is one simple thing we can do to avert the issue: wear a mask inside MCPA. After eighteen months of fighting tooth and nail to keep the performing arts alive in our community, a few more weeks of inconvenience seems like a small sacrifice to make. Thank you for supporting MCPA throughout these challenges and for celebrating our return with us. We look forward to seeing you at shows soon!
Heather J. Clow
MCPA Executive Director
The safety and well-being of our patrons, artists and staff is our top priority. As we welcome you back to MCPA, we have put the following measures into place to make your experience as safe and touch-free as possible.
- Ensure all staff and volunteers complete a health self-assessment before working and wear facial coverings during large public events
- Clean and sanitize all areas and surfaces before, during and/or after any events.
- Provide hand sanitizer throughout the venue.
- Offer contactless box office services, ticket scanning, programs and concession sales.
- Immediately notify ticket holders via email and/or phone, as well as posting on MCPA’s website and social media, in the event of a cancellation or rescheduled show.
- Provide a full array of exchange and refund options.
MCPA asks patrons to:
- Stay home if they are feeling sick or may have been exposed to COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
- Wear masks regardless of vaccination status when Hancock County’s COVID transmission level is substantial or high.
- Wear masks regardless of the county’s transmission level if they are unvaccinated.
- Wash their hands often.
- Observe social distancing guidelines when possible.
- Contact MCPA’s box office if they feel that COVID-19 conditions make it unsafe to attend an MCPA event.
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Please Note: The health and safety of our patrons is our main priority. MCPA will endeavor to comply with to state orders and CDC guidelines on social distancing, face coverings, and capacity. You acknowledge and agree that MCPA shall not be responsible for any illness to persons of your household or family, or yourself, and any corresponding damage, claim, or expense, of any kind, that you, your family members, or your household may experience or incur in connection with contracting COVID-19 as a result of visiting MCPA.