As of September 3, 2021
Please note that these policies are subject to review and change as regulations and prevailing conditions change.
Until further notice Elmwood Playhouse will require vaccinations for audience members, as well as performers, backstage crew, and theatre staff, for all performances. Masks will also be required for audiences inside the theatre.
Under the policy, guests will need to be fully vaccinated with an FDA or WHO authorized vaccine in order to attend a show and must show proof of vaccination at their time of entry into the theatre with their valid ticket. “Fully vaccinated” means the performance date must be at least 14 days after the second dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine, or at least 14 days after a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine.
Exceptions are being made for children under 12 and people with a medical condition or closely held religious belief that prevents vaccination. These guests must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of the performance start time, or a negative COVID-19 antigen test taken within 6 hours of the performance start time.
Question: How many tickets will be sold?
Answer: We will sell 35 tickets to our outdoor performances. As of this date, the town of Nyack is encouraging continuation of social distancing for all indoor and outdoor gatherings, so only 33 seats will be sold per show for indoor performances. We will re-examine this policy if and when conditions allow.
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.