Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced an order that limits the maximum number of spectators gathered at an entertainment venue to 25 percent of fixed, seated capacity. In the case of Stuart’s Opera House, this allows for approximately 100 guests to be seated in our venue.
We want to assure you that the safety of our audience, artists, and staff is our highest priority. We are taking all CDC recommended steps to minimize risk. Additionally, we are pleased to announce we have received a $6,970 grant from the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio which has supported the installation of air purification units at Stuart’s Opera House. At the suggestion of the Athens City-County Health Department, the project increases air quality by sanitizing the air, which may include pollutants, allergens, and toxins. During the pandemic, air quality is a top concern for re-opening venues such as Stuart’s Opera House. The installation of seven rooftop units improves air quality in all the spaces of Stuart’s Opera House, including the theater, grand lobby, kitchen, offices, education center, and conference rooms.
Our upcoming shows will be socially distanced events that will take place indoors in our historic theater. We ask that people enter with the guest(s) they intend to sit with for the event. A nose and mouth covering is required to be properly worn for all of those in attendance. No one will be allowed entry without a face covering. Stuart’s Opera House will have face coverings available for guests who need one. The mask must be worn at all times, including in the Theater and the Grand Lobby. If a person is taking a drink, the mask may be removed to do so, but must immediately be put back on after they are done taking the drink.
Guests are encouraged to purchase tickets in pods. Pods are a small group of people who agree to sit together and socialize with one another exclusively. Pods are the group of people one has regularly been exposed to throughout the pandemic. Each group of seats will be spaced at least 6 feet apart in the theater. We ask that if one purchases tickets in a pod, that they arrive with the other members of their pod, so they can be seated at the same time.
If guests have experienced symptoms within 48 hours of the show, they are not permitted to attend the show. Please call Stuart’s Opera House and we will issue you a refund
if applicable) for your ticket(s).
In the event we must postpone or cancel a show, we will honor all tickets for the rescheduled date or offer a full refund to our ticket buyers. If you would like to help us get through this complicated and financially difficult time, we invite you to consider donating the cost of your canceled ticket to Stuart’s Opera House.
We cannot thank you enough for supporting Stuart’s Opera House and we appreciate your patience and understanding as we continue to navigate this complicated situation. We trust that things will get better.