Salt Lake County to reopen performing arts venues March 25

Concertgoers utilizing faces masks and social distancing attend a recent performance of the Utah Symphony at Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake City, as seen in this 2020 handout photo.

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SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake County Arts & Culture announced Thursday that it will reopen its performing arts venues — Abravanel Hall, Capitol Theatre, Eccles Theater, and the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center — for public performances on March 25 after a year mostly closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The venues will require face coverings, distancing between parties and reduced capacities.

"The health and safety of our performers, patrons, and staff are of the upmost importance to us," Salt Lake County Arts & Culture said in a news release. "Our phased reopening plans will support us getting back to presenting work to live audiences in a way that protects everyone.

"We will continue monitoring COVID risk in Salt Lake County as we seek to expand our capacity and return our venues to traditional operations in the months to come."

"It's very exciting," said Cami Munk, spokesperson for the county's Arts & Culture division. "We have a bunch of theater people that are just ready to go back to work in the buildings, and have people and events and music and dancing. It's great."

Munk said the venues will "gradually open up to normal operations" as the county's health guidance changes in the months ahead.

Like most public venues, the Salt Lake arts facilities closed in spring 2020 when COVID-19 began community transmission in Utah. The venues briefly reopened in the fall with modified health and safety guidelines but shut down again as Utah's case counts began to climb.

Munk said specific event and performance information will be coming soon. She said Utahns should watch for an announcement from the Utah Symphony as early as this week.

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