Updated: Sep 28
As an institution, GALA values first and foremost the health and safety of its patrons. For this reason, we want to share with you the procedures and policies we will be implementing in preparation for opening our season in October. These guidelines are in adherence with the Mayor’s plans for re-opening the city in three phases as well as the Homeland Security’s business re-opening requirements. The success of these protocols depends on each of us deciding to value the health and safety of the person next to us. This plan was written with faith in our strength as a community.
1. Wear a mask whenever possible.
2. Wash hands regularly with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer.
3. Stay 6 feet apart whenever possible.
1. The theater, lobby, dressing rooms, and bathrooms will be cleaned and disinfected daily during the run of performances with CDC approved products.
2. All high-traffic areas, doorknobs, and other communal surfaces such as armrests, banisters, and counters, will be disinfected before and after every performance.
3. Masks, gloves, automated hand sanitizer stations, and disinfecting hand wipes will be readily available at the lobby.
4. All theater staff/volunteers will be required to wear masks. Bartenders will be required to wear masks and gloves. Patrons are required to wear masks by mayoral ordinance.
5. We have installed high efficiency filters in our newly revamped HVAC system. HVAC system has HEPA Filter (including 20 sub filters) with a MERV 14 rating which filters particulates as small as 0.3 microns with at least 99.97% efficiency.
1. GALA will only sell up to 25 tickets per show, or 9% capacity of our house to comply with the maximum of 50 people (including patrons, staff, cast, crew, and volunteers) per performance established in DC pilot program. That amount may go up according to DC government guidelines. Rush tickets will not be available and advanced reservations are highly encouraged.
2. Tickets can be exchanged for future shows in the season. Refunds will be given on a case-by-case basis. Your purchase of a ticket acknowledges that you have been made aware of all of GALA’s procedures to ensure your safety and agree GALA cannot be held accountable for any contraction of illness.
At the Theatre
1. Entering theatre: Markers will be placed on the floor for patrons to line up outside the box office doors, respecting social distancing.
2. Volunteers will check the temperature (with non-touch thermometers) of all patrons entering the theater.
3. Patrons will show their electronic tickets (on their phone or devices) or printed out tickets to the box office manager. Goldstar and TodayTix purchasers will be on a list and checked off as they come in.
4. The lobby and house will open 45 minutes before show time. No more than 15 people (15% capacity) will be allowed in the lobby at a time. This may change with changing regulations for social distancing.
5. Patrons are encouraged to seat immediately as to not gather in the lobby. Our seat assignments will respect the social distancing rule of 6 feet between patrons (every 5th seat). Individual and paired seating options are available for purchase on our website. Groups of 3 or more who have been quarantined together or live together may request, when they reserve their tickets, to be seated together in a group by emailing email@example.com.
6. Printed programs will be available for patrons and may be handed by an usher or volunteer wearing gloves.
1. Drinks can be pre-ordered at our lobby bar or at a bar on our house left balcony, both with social distancing markers on the floor. One person per group can come to the bar to order or patrons can have a server, wearing gloves and a mask, bring the order to their seat. The lobby bar is full service. The balcony bar will serve wine, beer, and premixed drinks until 5 minutes prior to showtime.
Intermission and Exiting
1. Intermissions will be extended to twenty minutes to allow more time for everyone to use facilities. GALA will hire additional front of house personnel to control use of restrooms and no more than two people at a time will be let into the restrooms.
2. Patrons are encouraged to use both house right and house left exits during intermission at the end of the show to prevent high traffic and may use both the street level exit and the garage exit at the end of the show. The garage exit will not be available during intermission.
Stay well and we look forward to seeing you at the theater during our 45th season.
*Last revised September 28, 2020
An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. GALA Hispanic Theatre is working with you, its patrons, to employ preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Despite these measures, the risk of contracting the virus could increase by visiting our theatre. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. Please note the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises that older adults and people of any age who have other underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. By visiting GALA Hispanic Theatre, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.