|March 12, 2020
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
At Clinton Street Theater, we share the anxiety and the many concerns of our customers and friends concerning the Covid-19/Coronavirus outbreak of 2020. While the situation changes hour by hour, we want to share our current plan to face this public health crisis.
On March 11, Governor Kate Brown declared a moratorium on all gatherings over 250 people. This exceeds our total capacity of 222, so at the current time we have no public health mandate to close our doors. As long as our staff remains healthy, we plan to remain open until there is a public health advisory directed at venues of our size.
These are some of the extra precautions we are taking to keep our staff, performers and audience healthy and safe:
As for our audience, we believe that as long as there are no public advisories against it, the choice to come to CST or to patronize other small businesses trying to survive this crisis is a personal health choice akin to many others we make on a daily basis.
- We've instructed our staff to stay home if they feel sick in any way.
- We're lowering the total number of seats sold for any show by 50 to allow extra space between patrons.
- We are using hand sanitizer and following hand washing hygiene recommendations frequently.
- We are using food-handling gloves to serve popcorn and drinks.
- We regularly disinfect surfaces and frequently touched items like door knobs and faucets.
- We have hidden away the free hard candy bowl that's usually on the front counter for the time being.
- As always, we do allow our patrons to bring their own snacks, food or soft drinks to a show (we can't allow you to bring your own alcoholic beverages by OLCC restriction).
We do ask the following from our clients:
If you've purchased tickets for an upcoming show and do not feel comfortable going out, or if you are feeling ill on the day of the event, you may request a refund by sending an email to email@example.com. Please make this request within 24 hours of the show - it will get too crazy if requests come weeks after an event.
- Please stay home if you belong to any of the high risk groups for Covid-19.
- Please stay home if you are feeling the least bit sick - many people that contract this virus only show mild symptoms.
- If you do come, please wash your hands frequently and thoroughly as recommended by public health authorities.
- Please cover your mouth with your elbow if you feel a cough or sneeze coming on.
- Keep a bit of social distance and spread out in the theater - this is one time we won't ask you to fill in every empty seat.
As Portland's oldest continually-running theater, CST has weathered the Spanish Flu, polio and other communicable disease epidemics, the Great Depression and far too many wars. We look forward to outlasting our current challenges.
Stay safe out there, and if you can, support the many small businesses that will suffer during this outbreak. As things develop, we will continue to monitor public health announcements and will alter this plan accordingly.
Lani Jo and Roger Leigh
Owners, Clinton Street Theater