TheaterWorks' Health & Safety Protocols

TheaterWorks remains strongly committed to the health and safety of actors, patrons, production team members, staff, students, and volunteers. We aim to create an environment where live theater can be enjoyed, performed, and created safely.

As of April 4, 2022, masks are not required. Of course, if you’d like to wear a mask you are welcome to wear one.

Circumstances may change. We carefully monitor the local and global situation regarding COVID-19 and review ongoing updates through the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization, and the Arizona Department of Health Services. We have implemented comprehensive health and cleanliness protocols consistent with government recommendations that are considered legally and reasonably safe under current circumstances. Our knowledge and understanding of the COVID-19 virus will continue to evolve. As a result, our policies and plans will be appropriately updated as more information becomes available.

TheaterWorks has put preventative measures in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19; however TheaterWorks cannot guarantee that you and your guests will not be exposed if you choose to enter the facility. Carefully following the CDC guidelines does not fully mitigate the risk. TheaterWorks assumes no liability for this potential exposure.

Please continue to check back before each performance, class or event for the most up-to-date information on safety protocols. Thank you for playing your role so that we may enjoy theater together!

Before you arrive at the Peoria Center for the Performing Arts, we ask that you perform a health check to assess if you show any symptoms of an acute respiratory illness consistent with COVID-19. These symptoms include fever (100.4 or higher), coughing, and shortness of breath. Please do not come to the theater if you, or someone you have been in close contact with, is feeling unwell. You will be given the opportunity for a full refund or the opportunity to attend a future performance, if possible. Please notify the Box Office within 4 hours of the start of your performance in order to exchange your tickets. You will not be eligible for a refund if you do not notify the Box Office prior to your performance time or fail to attend your performance.

All TheaterWorks staff, volunteers, stage crew, and actors are required to be fully vaccinated and perform a health screening, including temperature checks, prior to beginning work. Anyone reporting symptoms or not feeling well will not be permitted at the theater.

Any object or surface that audience members interact with are wiped down and sanitized multiple times throughout each performance or class. Door handles, crash bars and other high-touch surfaces are cleaned frequently throughout the day. The entire theater is deep cleaned each evening at the conclusion of each performance. Sanitation stations are located at multiple areas around the theater.

Using a variety of funding sources, including its own capital improvement funds as well as funding from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), the City of Peoria has updated the air handling and filtration systems in the Peoria Center for the Performing Arts, including significant enhancements to the filtration portion of the systems utilizing a technology called Needlepoint Bipolar Ionization.  Whether common contaminants, odors, or even air borne particles associated with COVID or other viruses, irritants that other systems can’t address are greatly reduced using this technology.

Particles like dust, dander, smoke and even viruses and bacteria all can be suspended in the air we breathe, even when you don’t see them. Needlepoint Bipolar Ionization is an ozone free technology that creates and releases ions into the building airflow using the existing HVAC system. When these ions enter a space, they seek out and bonds with particles suspended in the air. This creates a snowball effect in which the particles begin to cluster together. The larger a cluster of particles becomes, the easier it is for your system to filter it out of the air, or fall to the floor. Laboratory test results have shown success in reducing concentrations of certain bacteria and viruses.