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Are movie theaters, concert venues, and other entertainment venues open? Are museums, aquariums, and other cultural venues open? What safety guidance must they follow?  

Last Updated: 09/04/2020

Entertainment businesses, cultural venues, and performance centers may reopen.

Entertainment businesses must follow the mitigation requirements detailed in paragraphs 7 of page 13 of Executive Order No. 157 and Executive Order No. 158, which are summarized below.

Movie theaters and other indoor entertainment centers, including performing arts centers and concert venues, must follow the mitigation requirements detailed in paragraph 2 on pages 5-9 of Executive Order No. 183, which is summarized below.

What To Expect at Entertainment Businesses

The following summarizes some of the protocols contained in EO 157 and EO 158. However, this summary is not a replacement for fully complying with the terms of EO 157 and EO 158, and businesses should read the full guidance carefully to ensure full compliance.

Businesses must institute the following policies for indoor and outdoor spaces:

  • Limit total capacity of any outdoor area to a number that ensures that all individuals can remain six feet apart
  • Require workers and customers to wear cloth face coverings while indoors and in outdoor areas when social distancing is difficult to maintain, except where doing so would inhibit that individual's health
  • If a customer refuses to wear a cloth face covering for non-medical reasons then the business must decline the individual entry into the indoor premises
  • Cordon off any indoor or outdoor dance floors to the public;
  • Limit occupancy in restrooms that remain open to avoid over-crowding and maintain social distancing through signage and, where practicable, the utilization of attendants to monitor capacity
  • Provide sanitization materials, such as hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes, to customers
  • Require reservations, cancellations and prepayments be made via electronic or telephone reservation systems to limit physical interactions.
  • Limit the use of equipment rented or otherwise provided by the business to one person at a time
  • For outdoor events, limit the number of individuals who are at a business at a specific time, a specific location, and for a common reason, such as an outdoor concert or movie screening, to 500 people

What To Expect for Indoor Performances and Movies

The following summarizes some of the protocols contained in Executive Order No. 183. However, this summary is not a replacement for fully complying with the terms of Executive Order No. 183 and businesses should read the full guidance carefully to ensure full compliance.

  • Any particular showing is limited to 25 percent capacity with a maximum of 150 people;
  • Groups that buy tickets together can sit together, but must be at least 6 feet apart from all other groups; and
  • Individuals must wear masks, unless they are removing them to eat or drink concessions.

Guidance For Employees

Recreational and entertainment businesses must impose the following requirements on employees:

  • Require employees with symptoms of COVID-19 be sent home
  • Require all employees to wear face coverings while indoors, except where doing so would inhibit the individual's health
  • Provide all employees with face coverings free of charge
  • Businesses may adopt policies that require staff to wear gloves, in addition to regular hand hygiene. Where a business requires its staff to wear gloves while at the worksite, the business must provide such gloves to staff.
  • Provide employees break time for repeated handwashing throughout the workday
  • Provide sanitization materials, such as hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes to staff

Source: Executive Order No. 153; Executive Order No. 156; Executive Order No. 157; Executive Order No. 158; Executive Order No. 181; Executive Order No. 183