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The Ren Shares Its Safety Measures For Reopening

2 Jul , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse; Renaissance Performing Arts Association release

It seems like a long, long time ago. On March 13, we carried the sad tidings that the Renaissance Theatre was making the first cancellations of its live events.

In the weeks which have followed, the creative folks at the Renaissance have been extremely busy — first with introducing new online programming such as the QuaRENtine Creations and Classroom Sessions, and then with planning an outdoor musical together with a series of moves under the stars in the Ren Backlot.

The time has come for the theatre to reopen, and on Wednesday the Renaissance Performing Arts Association shared the following release detailing its plans for that process as it applies to the health of patrons, performers, and backstage staff:

“Renaissance Performing Arts has announced details concerning its health and safety plan for reopening the theatre beginning with Cinderella: The Broadway Musical, July 31-August 9.

 The health and safety of the Renaissance patrons, volunteers, staff, and artists is a priority for the organization. Their plan for reopening is aggressive, both behind the curtain and in front of it. Masks are required of all staff, artists, and volunteers, and expected for patrons. The theatre capacity has been reduced to under 30% (420 seats of 1402) allowing for social distancing with the HVAC system set to maximum ventilation. All surfaces are cleaned with increased frequency, and seats sanitized with an electrostatic fogger between each rehearsal, performance, and event. Concessions will be available for pre or mobile ordering to eliminate lines and minimize contact. Patrons will be released from the theatre by section following performances.

 “We have ensured that every possible step has been taken to protect the entire Renaissance family, from our performers and crew members to patrons, volunteers, and staff. Like all industries, we are entering the ‘next normal,’ and patrons should expect that the theatre experience will be different moving forward,” commented Renaissance President Chelsie Thompson. “Speaking as someone who is particularly vulnerable to the Covid-19 virus, identifying a way to re-open safely has been of extreme personal importance to me. Even with the required use of proven safety measures like social distancing and mask-wearing, we know and respect that not all patrons will feel comfortable returning to the theatre environment just yet – some are more vulnerable than others, and we are making sure to offer fulfilling arts experiences for those patrons, as well. “

 For a comprehensive list of all safety measures, go to

Image: Renaissance Performing Arts Association

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