COVID Safety PolicyThe safety of our staff, performers and audience is our top priority. Led by Rachel J. Tischler, General Manager, and Kristan McLaughlin, our certified COVID Safety Officer, our staff has created a detailed safety plan that considers every aspect of operating our facilities and rehearsing and performing shows. The safety plan is updated regularly with the most current, science-based information. From cleaning protocols to venue operations to air ventilation systems to staff scheduling, all corners of our operation have been reviewed and updated, multiple times. We have also implemented a mandatory vaccination policy for all Goodspeed staff.
Our safety plan and our facility were reviewed by Dr. Sten Vermund, Dean of the Yale School of Public Health. As part of his efforts with the Shoreline Arts Alliance to assist arts venues to reopen safely, Dr. Vermund gave Goodspeed his unconditional approval. Dr. Vermund also toured the Opera House to review our systems and provide advice on maximizing airflow and sanitation. Dr. Vermund stated, “The provisions for safety in this facility are absolutely extraordinary. They’ve optimized the safety of the air, purifying the air with upgrades of the heating and ventilation air unit. They’ve got a strategy for maintaining the performers’ and musicians’ safety. We have discussed in detail how to encourage patrons to be safe. So I am thrilled that Goodspeed is planning a season this year. I can’t wait to come myself.”
We will continue to provide up-to-date information about safety protocols for our audience through emails and on our website.
Below is a list of safety policies for performances at The Goodspeed. We will regularly review the current situation and any updated guidance from the CDC and the State of Connecticut to determine if changes to our safety policies are necessary. All changes to our safety policies will be communicated on our website and in emails sent prior to your arrival at the theatre.
Our audience is strongly encouraged to wear a mask inside the Goodspeed, but it is not required. Our staff will continue to wear masks. Any future updates to this policy will be posted here.