MHT Arts & Safety

Update: Monday, August 16, 2021

Masks are required for children ages 4+, volunteers, instructors, and staff when inside and within six feet of space from someone else. All children 4+ will be required to wear a mask for classes and we will require masks for admittance into shows this fall. 

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The arts have an incredible power to provide community in even the most isolating times. MHT provides a place where together we can share laughter, tears, and a much-needed retreat from all that we have endured this year. 

Due to COVID-19, we have made some important changes to our operating procedures to help promote safety for our patrons, volunteers, and staff.
This season we will be operating with these Five Core Intervention Strategies:  

  • MASKING - 

  • Fully vaccinated individuals will no longer need to wear face masks or socially distance.
  • Unvaccinated individuals will continue to be required to wear face masks and social distance where possible.
  • PHYSICAL DISTANCING - MHT has placed seating rows four feet apart in the theatre. There will be a seat space between ticket groups. 

  • HAND HYGIENE - Hand disinfectant dispensers are located at each entrance to the theatre and we ask that patrons use these dispensers upon entrance into the theatre. Volunteers and staff are required to wash their hands frequently.

  • AIR FILTRATION - Last fall, MHT installed units that significantly increase the fresh air in our auditorium and stage space. In addition, this spring we added large commercial-grade ionizers to the system to filter germs from the air on a constant basis. 

  • SMALLER GATHERINGS – To maintain social distancing, we are currently operating at 40% capacity inside the theatre, or roughly 80 seats per performance.   

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Full Reopening Procedures:

 

Protecting Yourself & Others

  • Please do not come to the theatre if you are feeling unwell or have been unwell in the past 14 days;  have been recently diagnosed with COVID-19, or are awaiting a COVID-19 test result. We will refund your ticket order.

  • Hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol is readily available throughout public areas.

Seating

Tickets

  • At-home ticket printing is encouraged. Season Ticket holders will receive a paper ticket in the mail which will be scanned or checked at the door. Single ticket holders will receive their ticket in a confirmation email and must bring their ticket, either printed or on a mobile device, to be scanned or checked at the door. 

  • Playbills are digital and printed. Links are sent in show reminder emails and posted on the MHT website. There will also be QR codes in the theatre to scan with your phone camera. 

  • All restrooms will be cleaned/disinfected before the show and again before intermission. 

  • Increased HVAC filtering capacity by installing ionizer filters which reduce particulates in the air by up to 99.5%. This system provides fresh air exchanges 3-4 times per hour. It will be running continuously during performances. 

  • Our ticket exchange policy now allows exchanges up to showtime for any reason.

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place. We have drawn upon the guidelines suggested by local, state, and federal agencies, experts, and associations to promote safety for our patrons, actors, volunteers, and staff. Market House Theatre remains committed to monitoring the current recommendations, guidelines, and restrictions to which we are subject. 

Feel free to reach out to Michael Cochran, MHT Executive Director, with questions at any time: michael@mhtplay.org

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MHT Arts & Safety for the Classroom

MHT has implemented new health and safety protocols to keep students, teachers, parents, staff, and volunteers safe:

  • Reduced class sizes. 
  • Masks are required for anyone 5 and older on the MHT campus.
  • Parents are invited to drop students off and may wait for them outside on the MHT grounds, but may not congregate in waiting areas.
  • Students will be checked in at the start of each class with a temperature check.
  • Hand sanitizer and frequent hand washing will be encouraged.
  • Each education area will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized between each session.
  • Teachers have qualified substitutes available in case a quarantine situation arises.
  • Virtual options are prepared in the event classes cannot meet in person once the semester begins.