When you’re ready, we’ll be here
While the state guidelines allow us to open on June 29 at 50% capacity, we are taking some extra time to finalize our reopening plan to make sure we are doing everything we can for the safety of our patrons, staff, volunteers. We have a phased approach, starting with a new outdoor concert event out on Chestnut Street on July 11 featuring instrumental group Kioea, while we await the installation of our brand new HVAC system. When the HVAC is installed, we will open to limited audiences well below the max allowed by the state, starting with 50 people per indoor show and gradually increasing audience sizes only after assessing our processes.
Please keep checking back in as more information becomes available. Thank you for your patience and we look forward to seeing you at the theater soon!
What We’re Doing to Keep You and Our Staff Safe:
- We are following guidance issued by the Governor’s task force and CDC, as well as adding other safety measures.
- New signage and pathways will guide you into and through the theater safely.
- Staff and volunteers will be wearing masks and have been trained on the proper measures for use of PPE.
- We’ve upgraded our systems and HVAC to increase safety, and are changing filters more often and increasing the circulation rates on a 24-hour cycle.
- We created order-ahead, contactless concessions! You can order your snacks and beverages before the show here.
- We’re asking parties to leave 6 feet of space in all directions in between parties, and we will be capping our indoor audiences at 50 people per show.
- We will be reassessing often and adjusting protocols before opening up further.
What We’re Asking You to Do When You Visit:
- If you are feeling sick, have symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, loss of smell or taste, muscle aches, sore throat, cough, shortness of breath, chills, headache, gastrointestinal issues) or if you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive to COVID-19, please stay home!
- We’re asking you to protect yourself, our staff, and our community by wearing a mask in all communal areas. You may remove your mask while sitting in your seat, but please wear your mask while entering, exiting, and if you visit concessions or the restrooms.
- Follow signs and stanchions to your seat.
- Hand sanitizer stations are placed throughout the theater. Please sanitize your hands upon entering the theater, and wash your hands after using the restrooms.
- Order concessions ahead of time here.
- Practice social distancing wherever possible.
- Even if you feel healthy and safe, please be considerate of your fellow patrons by following these guidelines.
Why are you reopening?
Even though we are allowed to open on June 29, we are taking extra time to make sure our systems are in place and effective. The Governor’s task force put forth guidelines that we are following closely, if not more strictly to ensure the safety of our staff, patrons, and volunteers. We believe in live entertainment and gathering together around a shared experience. By reopening, The Music Hall helps contribute to the economic success of businesses around us, helping the downtown area and greater Seacoast community recover from the impact of COVID-19.
What if I’m not ready to come back?
It’s okay if you’re not ready to come back. We’ll be here whenever you’re ready and we are listening and adapting as new information comes to light.
Do I have to wear a mask?
Yes, please! We’re asking you to protect yourself, our staff, and our community by wearing a mask into the building and in all communal areas. You may remove your mask while sitting in your seat, but please wear your mask while entering, exiting, and if you visit concessions or the restrooms.
What will the new HVAC system do?
The new HVAC will have a new fresh intake and will run on a 24hr schedule. There are custom filters for both facilities and we are working on installing a system that is retrofitted into systems like hospitals and gyms. It’s called the iWave system and it is a commercial-grade ionizing system that will help improve our HVAC filters.
How are you keeping the theater clean?
The theater will be thoroughly cleaned each day between events or film screenings, and surfaces will be regularly sanitized throughout the day with stronger disinfectant products.