Some companies are changing their coronavirus protocols by requiring a negative COVID-19 test or proof of vaccination.
The Florida Repertory Theater in Fort Myers closed in March 2020. It is among the places requiring a negative COVID-19 test or proof of vaccination at this time.
âWe were really looking forward to being able to open,â said Greg Longenhagen, artistic director of the Florida Repertory Theater.
But finding a safe way to get people back to their seats has been a challenge.
âFinally, we found a way to do it in the safest way possible, I would say,â Longenhagen said.
For customers, Florida Rep decided it required masks and a negative COVID-19 test or proof of a vaccine.
âWe follow the guidelines of the CDC; we follow the guidelines of the Florida Department of Health and we follow the guidelines of the Actor’s Equity Association, âsaid Longenhagen.
We spoke with two legal experts who told us that the theater does not break any state law with the requirement options, but some people don’t see it that way.
Longenhagen says the theater plans to relax the requirements as soon as possible.
âThere’s no way to please everyone,â Longenhagen said. âWe knew that was going to, you know, get some people to call up and say, ‘Hey, you’re not doing enough, or that’s a bit of a stretch. So we understand this. We respect everyone’s opinions on all of this. We hope that we can, through all of this as quickly as possible, return to a certain normality in the theater. “
Longenhagen also told us that they have received a lot of positive feedback from the community regarding their new security protocols.
Visit the Florida Repertory Theater website for more information on the next performance season which kicks off later in September.