A Message from UFPA Director Brian Jose [ Click to Open ]
July 14, 2020
Dear UFPA Friends and Family,
First and foremost, thank you for your patience and support as our organization has adapted to and navigated the unprecedented circumstances of the last few months.
In a “typical” year, we would have already held our 20|21 Season Preview, where you would have joined us in the main hall of the Phillips Center to learn about all of the incredible national and international artists we will be bringing to our stages for the upcoming season.
But the times we’re living through are far from typical.
The simple truth is this: the show will go on and we will be bringing moments of meaning to life in the fall. However, we are not yet entirely certain what that will look like. What we do know is that the well-being of our community and the artists with whom we partner is of our utmost concern. While our 20|21 season has been two years in the making, and we are beyond excited to bring you its richness and wonder, we will not be comfortable doing so unless we are confident that we can keep you, our staff, and our visiting artists safe.
This season, our focus is on allowing you, our patrons and friends, to engage with each of our 20|21 performers in any way that we can facilitate. This could be live and in person, through high definition live streams, or in another fashion inspired by the evolution unfolding in our industry. Please understand that there will likely be some fluidity to the dates and times of scheduled performances this season, as well as what these engagements might look like. Regardless of the circumstance, rest assured that any changes will be quickly and clearly communicated to you.
Our organization is working with world-class epidemiologists and public health experts at University of Florida to guide our decisions in this process. Over the next few weeks and months, we expect to learn more about the information and procedures necessary for welcoming you into our venues in the safest and most enjoyable way possible. Additionally, tickets will not go on sale until we have the proper policies, procedures, and seating arrangements in place to ensure the safety of our patrons, employees, artists, and volunteers.
UFPA wants to keep you abreast of developments as they happen, so we have created this page on our website dedicated to providing all updates related to our season and the 20|21 policies and procedures associated with reopening our venues.
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Thank you for your continued support,
The University of Florida Performing Arts reopening plan has been guided by the University of Florida, with help from epidemiology experts at UF Health, to ensure the safety of patrons who wish to join us for the magic of live performance in our venues. We truly appreciate your patience and support while we have worked through the detailed protocols and enhanced sanitation procedures needed to ensure safe attendance of performances, talks, meetings, and other gatherings in our buildings.
Below you will find more information on what our organization is doing to create the safest, most enjoyable theatre-going experience for everyone! We’ve also provided tips on what you can do to help.
Whether it’s at an in-person performance or through a live stream, we look forward to bringing moments of meaning to life with you again. If you’d like to help, please consider making a contribution to our Intermission Fund. And in the mean time, sign up for our mailing list, visit our YouTube channel, or follow us on Facebook and Instagram for regular updates.
Stay tuned to this page for ongoing updates to UFPA policies and procedures.
What We’re Doing:
- All UFPA employees on-site have been screened for COVID-19 through UF’s Screen, Test, and Protect Program
- All UFPA staff are required to wear face coverings, practice safe hygiene routines, and maintain safe physical distancing while inside UFPA venues
- All performance attendees/guests are required to wear a mask and practice safe physical distancing while inside UFPA venues.
- Performance locations and seating arrangements have been modified to allow for physically distant seating and the safest theatre-going experience possible. As such, all events planned for Squitieri Studio Theatre have been moved to the main hall of the Phillips Center. Additionally, the UpStage performance format has been modified to a reduced capacity
- Our venues are cleaned and disinfected prior to every event, per UF’s enhanced cleaning standards
- UF HVAC systems meet ASHRAE standards for air quality and safety, including stringent air filtration
- Increased presence of hand sanitizing stations throughout the building
- Prior to reopening, UFPA staff performed a deep cleaning of our facilities, including each theatre seat, bathrooms, all high traffic areas, touch points, and any other area that a patron may come in contact with
What You Can Do:
- Parking: When arriving at a performance, please follow signs to park in the designated parking areas, and follow any instructions given by event parking personnel.
- Follow Signage: As you approach and enter our venue, please follow the instructional signage on where to go and what to do.
- Physical Distancing: Please adhere to seating arrangements, and follow any instructions from on-site personnel to ensure physical distancing
- Bathrooms: Follow physical distancing guidelines while getting to and from the bathrooms
FAQs & Answers:
As we work on a detailed announcement of policies and procedures for reopening our venues, we would like to address a few frequently asked questions.
Will there be performances in the fall?
Yes! UFPA will be presenting performances in the fall in whatever way we can. These performances could present as live, in person events, high definition live streams, or as some other new and innovative way to engage with performance. Stay tuned for a full announcement of our fall season coming soon!
Will Season Preview happen?
Yes! We are finalizing the details of Season Preview, and will soon announce dates, times, and how you will be able join us to learn about all of the performances in our 20|21 Season.
Will face masks be required to attend a performance?
Yes. As with all buildings on the University of Florida campus, you will be required to wear a face mask at all times while inside a UFPA venue. This requirement will remain in effect until University of Florida guidelines state otherwise.
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