TheaterCOVID-19 PRECAUTIONS

 

In order to provide our patrons and staff the safest and most enjoyable experience possible, Playhouse social distancing procedures will be in effect until further notice. Policies will continue to evolve as directed by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the CDC.

VACCINATIONS REQUIRED FOR ENTRY – BRING PROOF OF VACCINATION

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 you are attending must be:

  • at least 14 days after your second dose of an FDA or WHO authorized two dose COVID-19 vaccine (i.e. Pfizer or Moderna), or
  • at least 14 days after your single dose of an FDA (i.e. Johnson & Johnson) or WHO authorized single dose COVID-19 vaccine.

The only exception to the above will be for guests under the age of 12, or those who need reasonable accommodations due to a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief. Guests requesting an exemption must provide proof of the following, in addition to properly wearing a mask inside the building:

  • negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of the performance

Guests may present proof of vaccination or a negative test on paper or a smartphone.  

BRING YOUR PHOTO ID 

Guests ages 18 and older must present a valid government-issued photo ID. Guests under 18 may also show a school ID, birth certificate or social security card (Photo is not required). Guests under 12 must be accompanied by an adult who meets the above requirements.

MASKS REQUIRED FOR ENTIRE PERFORMANCE 

Everyone in the theatre must wear acceptable face coverings at all times, including during the show, except while eating or drinking in designated locations. All face coverings must cover the nose and mouth and comply with the CDC guidelines for acceptable face coverings. If you forget your face mask, one will be provided for you.

Please note, guests who do not comply with these policies will be denied entry  to the theater. Let’s work together to keep our community safe and we look forward to seeing you at the Playhouse.

Bucks County Playhouse is proud to participate with more than 40 other theaters, including all members of the New Jersey Theater Alliance, in the “Opening Night, Opening Right” initiative. We encourage patrons to take the “Opening Night, Opening Right Theater Lovers Pledge.” Visit https://openingright.com/take-the-pledge/.  

 

RECENT SAFETY UPDATES

With operating restrictions officially lifted in Pennsylvania, Bucks County Playhouse, all seats in the theater will be available for purchase.

We continue to listen, learn and evolve to keep our Playhouse a comfortable and safe environment for our patrons, artists and staff. Our most recent COVID-19 policies will be updated and posted to our website regularly. Please check our website prior to your event date for the most up-to-date information.

ONSITE/CASH SALES •  In an attempt to limit high-contact touch points, we are limiting box office hours and onsite sales to just prior to curtain.  Patrons wishing to purchase tickets immediately prior to a performance can access a QR Code at the theatre for direct access to purchase tickets on their smart device. We are no longer waiving any fees for onsite purchases. Your ticket cost is the same regardless of the point of purchase. All tickets are available by visiting this link.

PHONE SALES •  Due to a staffing shortage and a new phone system, our phone lines are experiencing unprecedented delays. While we work to ramp up to full capacity, the best way to purchase tickets is via our website. If you have questions, you may also email us at info@bcptheater.org. All tickets are available by visiting this link.

ONLINE PURCHASES We have transitioned back to a “pick your own” approach to seating. As of the opening of The Marilu Henner Show, all tickets will be sold in the house. Please plan your seating with this in mind.

FOOD/DRINK IN THEATER  As of June 22, drinks purchased at any of the Playhouse Bars may now be permitted inside the theatre. Patrons also are encouraged to enjoy a bite and a cocktail at The Deck or The Courtyard prior or following the performance. 

SANITATION  Before each performance, Bella Commercial Services will apply a disinfectant mist to the entire house. The mist is 100% safe, non-toxic, and deemed effective against SARS-COV2 by the EPA. Playhouse staff will routinely disinfect all high-touch surfaces throughout the day.

HVAC  The Playhouse auditorium has two dedicated HVAC systems; each system is equipped with hospital-grade MERV-15 air filters. The Playhouse Lobby has its own separate HVAC system. There are three separate systems backstage: the stage itself, the first floor dressing rooms and the second dressing rooms. Therefore, the air from the auditorium, the lobby and stage and backstage are not circulated together.

ASSISTED LISTENING DEVICES  Assistant Listening Devices will still remain available for our patrons. However, you are encouraged to “Bring Your Own Earbuds” policy to ensure proper precaution. Please bring a pair of standard wired (NOT wireless) headphones and our Front-of-House Staff will be happy to provide you with a device.

HAND SANITIZER  Contactless Hand Sanitizer stations have been conveniently placed at key points in the theater for continued disinfecting and cleanliness.

TEMPERATURE  All staff of the Bucks County Playhouse and Deck Restaurant will have their temperature checked upon arrival. If an employee has a temperature of over 100.4 degrees or higher, they will be asked to return home, per the recommendation of the CDC. All employee temperatures will be recorded and logged daily.

BACK STAGE PRECAUTIONS  Bucks County Playhouse has developed rigorous regulations to protect those working backstage, including virus testing, mask requirements for all personnel backstage, frequent cleaning, and no public access. Performers will not greet audience members following the performance. As new information regarding the spread of COVID-19 becomes available each day, the Playhouse is committed to adapting our policies and procedures to keep all who enter our doors safe.

BACKSTAGE  PRECAUTIONS

BACKSTAGE •  The Playhouse has also taken significant precautions backstage for staff, cast and crew that includes, but is not limited to, ongoing COVID-19 testing, face coverings, temperature checks, social distancing, assigned microphones/props and sanitation.

Our minimum guidelines for cast, crew, and other show staff listed below include:

  • Any cast and crew members experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19 or reports having had contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 (within the 14 days prior to our event) will not be permitted in the building. See SYMPTOMS section below.
  • All cast and crew members must enter through the Playhouse artist entrance.
  • All backstage areas – including the green room and dressing rooms – will be cleaned and sanitized every day.
  • Playhouse managers will check temperatures of all cast and crew members entering the building prior to each rehearsal and performance.
  • Masks must be worn at all times, unless actors are on stage or in a rehearsal situation where it is appropriate. Crew members must wear masks during all performances.
  • The Playhouse has hand sanitizer locations throughout the backstage areas and dressing rooms.
  • Crew headsets will be assigned and must be sanitized and stored in assigned containers when not in use.
  • Cast members will use assigned microphones, which must be sanitized and stored in assigned containers when not in use.
  • Actors will each have their own dressing room.
  • All cast and crew members, as well as all administrative staff present in the rehearsal room or backstage shall be administered a COVID-19 test prior to the first day of rehearsals, as well as prior to the first performance. Once the results are received, employees are expected to maintain all recommended social distancing practices.
  • Set pieces and props will be sanitized following every performance. No edible props will be permitted. As during normal rehearsals and performances, props should only be handled by the cast member using it.
  • Cast and crew members may not be in the lobby, except for sound and light personnel going directly to their work stations or for cast members making entrances or exits during performances. Cast members will be asked not to greet patrons following performances.
  • No visitors, including family members, are permitted backstage.

Stage managers will enforce all guidelines for cast and crew members.

SYMPTOMS

Cast and crew members, staff, and patrons must not have any of the following new or worsening signs or symptoms of possible COVID-19:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Diarrhea
  • Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Known close contact with a person who is lab confirmed to have COVID-19