The Lensic News:
SANTA FE — Starting Aug. 24, The Lensic Performing Arts Center will require that all persons attending events at the theater—including patrons, artists, staff, volunteers, and backstage crew—provide proof of full vaccination or the results of a negative COVID test taken within the previous 72 hours to gain admittance.
Lensic staff is finalizing the policies and procedures and will announce a full set of guidelines in early August. This change has the full support of the Lensic’s Board of Directors as well as its consortium partners and key renters.
“With continued developments in the virus and its variants, we feel this is the best way to protect our patrons and artists, support the numerous performing arts groups that use the Lensic, and do what’s right for the community that makes the Lensic what it is,” Lensic Executive Director Joel Aalberts said.
Tightening admission procedures is a policy that is gaining acceptance with performing arts venues and groups across the country, including Radio City Music Hall, The Los Angeles Opera, and McCallum Auditorium in Palm Desert.
“Our goal is to make this process as easy and comfortable as possible for everyone entering the Lensic,” Aalberts said. Audience members with previously purchased tickets who are unable or unwilling to follow the new guidelines will be given an opportunity to ask for a full ticket refund up to 48 hours prior to their scheduled performance.
Policies regarding mask wearing and other COVID-safe practices will be updated as needed, based on current guidelines and best practices outlined by public health professionals. All Lensic staff members and volunteers are fully vaccinated.
About The Lensic Performing Arts Center
The Lensic is Santa Fe’s nonprofit performing arts center, with arts and cultural experiences for everyone all year round. The landmark historic theater in the heart of downtown features world-class artistic programming, including the Lensic Presents series; serves as a state-of-the-art stage for local performing arts groups and presenters; and presents arts education programs that reach thousands of students each year. For information on programs, upcoming events and COVID safety policies, visit www.lensic.org.