Twin Cities Performing Arts Groups Implement New COVID-19 Measures

Ordway Center for the Performing Arts (FOX 9)

A group of performing arts organizations in Minnesota are implementing some of the toughest COVID-19 measures we’ve seen.

Starting next month, to attend a performance by the Ordway, Minnesota Opera, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra or Schubert Club, you will need proof of recall or a negative test. Also, you must wear a non-cloth mask.

In the past month the Ordway has canceled four performances due to a number of COVID-19 cases among the show’s crew, so now they are taking more action. On Sunday afternoon, the Ordway Center welcomed a crowd of spectators inside to see the last performance of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.

“I was worried that this performance would be canceled because the first three of this month were cancelled, and I had my fingers crossed,” said Hiltje Loyd.

Chairman and CEO Chris Harrington said the changes were meant to ensure the shows could continue.

“I recognize that may be a disadvantage for some, but requirements like these are not unique to the Ordway,” Harrington said.

“It’s for everyone’s good,” Loyd agreed.

This latest decision was made due to the rapid spread of the omicron variant.

“If this pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that we need to stay flexible and nimble to really respond to this ever-changing situation,” Harrington said.

All guests will still be required to wear a face mask, and in particular, cloth masks are no longer acceptable. Instead, you’ll need an N95, KN95, or surgical mask to get you through the door.

“I’m ready, I could overtake if I need to. It’s okay,” Loyd said. “We’re all trying to get back to normal and if that’s what it takes to be able to do that.”