Arts Partnership announces new vaccination and mask policy for performances at Ordway Center for the Performing Arts

Saint Paul, Minnesota (August 17, 2021) — The Arts Partnership announced today that all audience members attending performances at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Saint Paul will be required to present proof of their full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours before a performance. The Arts Partnership consists of the four highly acclaimed organizations that perform regularly at the venue—Minnesota Opera, the Ordway, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and Schubert Club.

“As we prepare to open our doors next month, keeping everyone safe is our top priority,” said Christine Sagstetter, interim president and CFO at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. “Given the highly transmissible Delta variant and rising cases here in Minnesota, we have revised our venue policy to ensure we reopen in the safest way possible.”

In addition, guests will now be required to wear masks while inside the Ordway, except when eating or drinking in the lobbies. Performances in September will also operate at reduced seating capacity to allow for social distancing.

“We cannot wait to welcome audiences back inside the Ordway this fall, and this revised policy will help us do so more safely,” said Ryan Taylor, president of the Arts Partnership and president and general director of Minnesota Opera. “We’re thankful to our audiences and supporters for doing their part to help keep our community healthy.”

Ticket holders with COVID-19 symptoms or who do not meet these new requirements will be able to exchange their tickets or request a refund.

The Arts Partnership will continue to evaluate the latest public safety guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Minnesota Department of Health and will adjust its health and safety policy accordingly.

For more information on these safety protocols and the Ordway’s recent venue safety improvements, visit:

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