As of June 7, 2021
Please note that these policies are subject to review and change as regulations and prevailing conditions change.
Question: Will all cast and staff be vaccinated?
Answer: Yes, Elmwood is requiring that all cast and staff be vaccinated.
Question: Will cast and staff be required to be masked while backstage?
Answer: Since all cast and staff will be vaccinated, as per the NYS Department of Health and the CDC, masks will not be required. Generally accepted social distancing and caution continue to apply.
Question: Will audience members need to be vaccinated to attend a show? Will audience members need to wear masks?
Answer: COVID-19 vaccines have been overwhelmingly proven to be safe and effective. Please get vaccinated. We will not be checking to see if you have been vaccinated, but to follow guidelines from New York State, all audience members attending indoor performances will be required to wear a mask. If you do not feel well, please do not come to the show. Your ticket will be gladly refunded.
Question: How many tickets will be sold?
Answer: We will sell 35 tickets to our outdoor performances. As of this date, indoor performances for small arts venues in New York State are limited to 33% of capacity, so only 33 seats will be sold per show for indoor performances. If local and state regulations change regarding capacity limits, we will open up additional seats to comply with the new regulation.
Question: What will be the check-in protocol?
Answer: You will be signed in when you arrive. There will be no physical tickets and no printed programs. There will be no timed entrance, but we ask that you continue to practice generally accepted socially distancing at the time of the performance.
Question: What are the lobby procedures?
Answer: Before and after the show we ask that you continue to practice generally accepted social distancing. There will be no concessions sold, but bottled water will be available with a suggested donation. If you have a friend in the show, you will be asked to wait to greet them outside on the porch and brick garden.
Question: What is the seating arrangement?
Answer: Because of the constantly shifting regulations and social norms, all tickets sold through the 2021 calendar year (outdoor and indoor) will be general admission. Seating will be spaced so that separate parties/family units can maintain appropriate distance from other parties. We plan to return to assigned seats starting in January 2022.
Question: What is the procedure for going to the restroom?
Answer: For outdoor performances, the Sorkin Studio restroom will be available for audience members. One person at a time will be admitted to the Sorkin Studio to use the restroom (or a child with a supervising adult). For indoor performances, the restrooms in the lobby will be available as usual. We ask that you continue to practice appropriate social distancing while waiting to use the restroom.
Question: What other safety procedures have been put in place?
Answer: Seats and surfaces disinfected before and after every show. Hand sanitizer dispensers will be abundantly available for cast, staff and audience. We are also in the process of installing appropriate filtering systems (such as HEPA filters) for our indoor air systems.