Pianist Fabio Bidini wears a mask alongside Conductor JoAnn Falletta and members of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra during rehearsals in preparation for opening night at Kleinhans Music Hall on Sept. 25.
Kleinhans, 3 Symphony Circle, began implementing COVID-19 protocols on Sept. 11 that require any guests, volunteers, or anyone else who enters the building to wear face masks, have proof of vaccination, or a negative COVID-19 test. The protocols are expected to last until Oct. 30.
Patrick O’Herron, director of marketing at Kleinhans, said the BPO is committed to the safety of its musicians, staff, volunteers, and audiences.
“We are trying to make this a safe place, and make people feel as comfortable as possible to return,” O’Herron said.
The BPO has been following New York Forward guidelines and working closely with local and state health officials including a group of doctors from the University at Buffalo medical school. The doctors conducted a series of air quality studies at Kleinhans.
“We have outfitted Kleinhans with the MERV-13 air filtration system, hands free ticket scanning, and hand sanitization stations throughout the hall,” O’Herron said.
Other West Side theaters have established similar protocols:
AlleywayTheatre requires proof of vaccination for all audience members, staff, volunteers, and guests.
The Kavinoky Theatre requires its patrons to have proof of vaccination upon entry, or a negative COVID test within 48 hours if unvaccinated.
For Ujima Company, all guests will need to be vaccinated, and must show proof of vaccination at their time of entry. Exceptions include guests under the age of 16, or those who need reasonable accommodations due to a disability, medical reason approved by a doctor, or religious belief.
Beginning Oct. 28, Shea’s Performing Arts Center will require all guests to be vaccinated for entry for performances at all three locations, while children under 12 will be allowed entry with adults who meet vaccination requirements. By Jillian Kasmore and Angelea Preston