DENVER (KDVR) – In the latest sign that big Denver events are returning to a sense of normalcy, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts announced Monday that it will be lifting vaccine and mask requirements to see late shows. March.
“The past two years have been incredibly challenging for everyone in the arts and culture segment, DCPA included,” DCPA Broadway and Cabaret Executive Director John Ekeberg said in an interview on FOX31 NOW. “However, we have received incredible support from the community in their generosity towards us.”
The decision comes as COVID cases have reached record highs in Colorado and other venues like Ball Arena are lifting their own policies.
Coors also announced it would open tours of its Golden facility for the first time since the pandemic began two years ago.
The new DCPA policy will go into effect on March 28. This means people with tickets to shows like Hamilton will still need to wear mask and show proof of vaccination for shows until Sunday March 27.
“We wanted to make sure we picked a time between productions so that people with tickets to the different shows we produce and present here would have consistency and a common experience,” Ekeberg said.
Face coverings will be optional for people attending shows in the future.
Last Sunday marked two years since the day the DCPA announced it was to close due to the pandemic, so for Ekeberg and the rest of the people who work to deliver these shows, the announcement is a milestone. major.
“We’re back,” Ekeberg said. “We’re seeing tremendous support from our audience that I’m so grateful for, so of course a big thank you is part of the message, and we’re operating our environments in a healthy and safe way.”
The DCPA said it will continue to follow state, local and CDC health guidelines and may make adjustments to protocols in the future, if COVID levels change.
“Theatre builds community and bringing people together in a space to hear a story, to appreciate a story, to go through this specific process together is part of human nature, always has been,” Ekeberg said. “I think one of the big challenges of the last couple of years has been that we haven’t been able to come together physically in a way that we’ve become accustomed to over time with our friends, with our family . This is one of the great things theater can do.
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