Notice: Due to the latest guidance from the CDC, we are resuming the requirement that patrons, volunteers, and all visitors to the CTC wear face masks at all times in the building. All other safety protocols remain in place. (Posted August 4, 2021)
As you may be aware, the Center for Disease Control recently issued new recommendations for fully vaccinated people. This is exciting news for all of us and is a promising development in the fight against COVID-19. In accordance with CDC recommendations, the CTC is adopting new safety protocols.
Fully vaccinated patrons and volunteers are no longer required to wear face coverings when attending performances or otherwise visiting the theatre. However, we request that all unvaccinated people continue to wear face masks in our facility.
We will also increase capacity in the theatre from the 20% we have been accommodating to 40% to allow more patrons to attend shows but to continue to allow for social distancing. We will follow this practice for our upcoming production of THE MISS FIRECRACKER CONTEST.
During the run of that show, we have scheduled two COVID-19 safety performances. On July 17 and July 24, we will offer patrons a more restricted experience, with capacity reduced to 20%, social distancing of seating that keeps patrons six feet apart or more, and recommended wearing of masks.
We continue to benefit from upgrades made in the last year, including the installation of a GPS bipolar ionization air purification system that removes 99.4% of viruses like COVID-19 from indoor air.
We will continue to practice other safety protocols, such as touchless ticketing and frequent cleaning and disinfecting of common touch points.
We want to thank the CTC community for helping us determine what will make you most comfortable when attending a performance. We recently surveyed our entire email database and received nearly 1,800 responses, the majority of whom said they did not find a requirement that patrons wear masks essential to their decision to attend a performance. Wearing masks at the CTC is now optional for the fully vaccinated and recommended for those who are not.
As we reflect on the past year, it is both inspiring and humbling to know that patrons and volunteers like you have been the reason the CTC has weathered these challenging times. We appreciate your continued diligence to keep the CTC community safe.
Posted June 22, 2021
As we adopt the protocols outlined above, some of these previous practices will remain in effect:
As we welcome audiences back to the Chattanooga Theatre Centre, we have developed these safety guidelines to strike a balance between protecting the health and well-being of our patrons, volunteers, and staff and providing a theatre experience that is enjoyable for our patrons. This 22-step safety plan is extensive, but we feel that it is not so restrictive that our patrons cannot enjoy a visit to the theatre. In fact, we believe that it is because of these restrictions that patrons will be able to have an enjoyable experience. We look forward to welcoming you back to the CTC for a safe and enjoyable evening at the theatre.
While onstage volunteers are also protected by the safety protocols in place for our audiences, they will also practice the following procedures:
Note: We have taken enhanced health and safety measures – for our patrons, our volunteers, our staff, and other visitors to our facility – to minimize risk of exposure to COVID-19. Please follow all posted safety instructions while visiting the Chattanooga Theatre Centre. An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. By visiting the Chattanooga Theatre Centre, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.
“Roadmap for Recovery & Resilience,” American Repertory Theatre & Harvard University School of Public Health
“Guide to Reopening Theatrical Venues,” Performing Arts Center Consortium Advisory Committee on Reopening
Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide
Chattanooga Gathering Guide