Photo by Tim Brown
From the mayor’s office:
“Today, Mayor Bowser announced a pilot program that will allow limited venues to host live entertainment. The pilot created an opportunity to resume live entertainment in a controlled environment that can be zoomed in or out, and District officials can learn from it for future use. The six venues invited to participate in the pilot include: City Winery, Gala Spanish Theater, Pearl Street Warehouse, Kennedy Center, Hamilton and United Stage.
Any participating venues must submit and implement detailed operating plans, which are closely monitored by the school district. Pilots will be training at 11:59 PM on Friday, October 30th. During the pilot period, the school district will not accept applications for exemptions from any other sites.
In addition to the pilot project limited to the above six venues, the school district has also invited operators of outdoor entertainment venues to submit a plan to the DC Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency through its exemption process to review the hosting standards for live events. Entertain and resubmit their plan. Organizations invited to resubmit outdoor entertainment plans include: Adams Morgan Partnership BID, Arena Stage, Boys and Poets, Congress Riverside BID, Docklands, Et Voila Restaurant, Heist Group at Kennedy Center, and The Bullpen.
The standard requires venues:
Sell or distribute tickets before the event;
There is a maximum of fifty (50) people including attendees, performers, staff and all other people in the venue;
Individual or group (not more than six (6) people) spare seats at least six (6) feet tall;
At least 30 feet from the stage If there is a live performance; otherwise, the seat must be placed at least 20 feet away from the stage;
Ask guests to stay seated during the performance, Leave only when necessary;
Ensure good ventilation;
Clean the site and toilets according to the plan;
Maintain one-way flow of participants and employees;
If you are indoors, you must ensure that the performance time does not exceed three (3) hours;
Performers are required to be at least six (6) feet long and wear masks when not performing;
Notify your employees of the COVID-19 agreement you have made, including the mask or face protection policy and any applicable leave policies;
Maintain the records of all individuals in the building during the activity;
Comply with all requirements of the food retail business in the region;
Post your mask or face covering sign, physical guidance or social distancing policy sign; and
Inform any individuals showing symptoms of COVID-19 not to participate in the event.
When the school district entered the second stage, the site was allowed to apply for an exemption because health officials continued to monitor the public health status of the school district. All pilots’ venues, whether holding indoor or outdoor recreational activities, must strictly abide by the health and safety guidelines of the second phase above. “