As Grand Rapids Civic Theatre presents our 2021-2022 Season, we do so with the background of rising case numbers of COVID-19 in our community.
While recommendations from the CDC, MDHHS, and Kent County Health Department continue to evolve, GRCT has taken a proactive approach to our policies and procedures. We aim to achieve two parallel goals: protecting the health and safety of our staff, faculty, volunteers, and patrons; and doing everything in our power to continue the regular business of the Theatre, especially live performance.
With that in mind, GRCT’s Board of Directors has adopted the following COVID-19 policies. These policies will remain in effect as long as the CDC’s transmission level for Kent County remains at high or substantial. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold, we are constantly re-evaluating these policies, and seeking ways to further protect the health and safety of our patrons, staff, and volunteers.
On behalf of our entire family of patrons, staff, and volunteers, I would like to thank you for your understanding and cooperation. It is a thrill to welcome you back to the theatre!
All guests to Grand Rapids Civic Theatre must wear masks that cover their noses and mouths for the duration of their time inside the building. Unfortunately, no exceptions will be made to this rule. Masks must not be gaiters or scarves. Complimentary masks will be available for patrons who need them.
Grand Rapids Civic Theatre will continue its practice of enhanced sanitization of the building, with special emphasis placed on high-traffic areas.
In order to ensure that we have time to safely seat all patrons, guests are encouraged to arrive to performances at least 20 minutes before showtime. The building is open to the public one hour before showtime, and the auditorium will open thirty minutes prior to showtime.
Grand Rapids Civic Theatre will take extra steps to ensure fresh air circulation in our building. This includes leaving doors open when possible and opening large doors backstage between performances.
In order to limit the time patrons spend unmasked in the auditorium, concessions offerings will be limited to bottled water only. Bottled water will be available for $2 each. Grand Rapids Civic Theatre accepts all major credit cards, Apple Pay, Google Pay, and cash.
Q. Will you be implementing social distancing in your auditorium?
A. In line with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), and the Kent County Health Department (KCHD), Grand Rapids Civic Theatre will not be implementing social distancing measures at this time. This is part of the reason for the strict enforcement of our masking policies.
Q. Will performers be masked while on stage?
A. No. Vaccination guidelines are in place for performers, so that they may remain largely unmasked while performing on stage. Performers will wear masks backstage whenever feasible.
Q. What are your vaccination requirements?
A. In line with recommendations from the CDC, MDHHS, and KCHD, Grand Rapids Civic Theatre is not requiring proof of vaccination for patrons at this time. Vaccination guidelines are in place for volunteer performers, so that they may remain largely unmasked while on stage. Civic Theatre continues to monitor the Covid-19 situation in our area and will continue to evaluate these policies as our season goes on.
Q. I’m uncomfortable with your policies. May I receive a refund?
A. Yes. While GRCT does not typically offer refunds or exchanges, we are relaxing this policy during the Covid-19 pandemic. Patrons who are uncomfortable attending a performance for any reason may contact our box office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 616-222-6650 (select option 1) and may either receive a voucher or credit for future performances or a refund.