VPAC Statement: HEALTH & SAFETY POLICIES

*This page will be updated on an ongoing basis with all pertinent information.

Updated September 6, 2021

For all future performances at the Vilar Performing Arts Center, proof of full vaccination, defined as two doses of Pfizer or Moderna, or one dose of Johnson & Johnson, will be required for all ticket holders upon entry to the venue along with a photo ID.

For ticket holders who are unable to meet the requirement, refunds will be provided but must be requested in an email to boxoffice@vvf.org at least 3 business days in advance of the performance.


Updated August 20, 2021

***For immediate release***

Vilar Performing Arts Center | COVID-19 Policy Update

New venue policies announced for Vail Valley Foundation performing arts venues: VPAC, Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater

• Proof of vaccination required for ages 12-and-over, masks required for children 2-through-11
• Policies in place immediately for Vilar Performing Arts Center
• Policies go into place Sept. 1 for Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater

Avon, Colo., Aug. 20, 2021 — A full slate of top-shelf entertainment is coming to Vail and Beaver Creek in late summer and autumn, but new proof-of-vaccination and mask protocols are going into place for those who want to attend upcoming shows at two major venues in Eagle County.

The nonprofit Vail Valley Foundation today announced that, due to changing COVID-19 disease trends, it will institute updated health and safety protocols for its two performing arts venues: the indoor Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek Village, and the open-air Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail.

“We continue to navigate the pandemic and the presentation of live indoor performances with responsibility, urgency and optimism,” said Owen Hutchinson, Executive Director of the Vilar Performing Arts Center. “Required vaccination will allow artists and audience members to feel safe and comfortable in the theater and maintain the excitement and gratitude that we’ve all experienced over a season of acclaimed artists on our stage.”

The new protocols are effective immediately at the Vilar Performing Arts Center, and begin Sept. 1 at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater.

“Our organization holds the safety, health, and comfortable enjoyment for all who attend performances or work at our venues as paramount,” said Mike Imhof, President of the Vail Valley Foundation. “These new policies will help to ensure that we can responsibly continue to host the wide array of spectacular programming scheduled for each of these beautiful mountain venues, and hopefully assist our broader community in reducing or reversing the current trend of increasing incidence rates of the Delta variant.”

The new policies are:
• For ages 12-and-older, proof of full vaccination along with a photo ID (e.g. driver’s license, passport, driver’s permit, ski pass) that matches proof of vaccination card will be required upon entry to the theater. Negative test results in advance of a performance date will not be accepted in place of proof of vaccination.
• The Vilar Performing Arts Center and the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater will remain mask-supportive environments. Wearing a face mask is strongly encouraged in the venues but is not required.
• Children ages 2-through-11 are exempt from providing proof of vaccination, but a properly-fitted face mask must be worn at all times, except when eating or drinking. Children under the age of 2 are exempt from wearing a face mask.
• Attendees with a valid medical exemption, that prevents them from being vaccinated, will be permitted to enter the venues, but must provide written documentation of the exemption from their physician and must wear a mask in the venue at all times.
• WHAT CONSTITUTES PROOF OF VACCINATION: Your Proof of Vaccination can be a hard copy or digital picture of your vaccination card, myColorado app digital COVID-19 vaccine record or State Authorized Immunization Records.

The policies apply to guests, artists, and employees of the venues. The Vail Valley Foundation said that policies will be revised in the future based on data specific to COVID-19 disease trends in Eagle County.

For ticket holders who are unable to meet the new venue requirements, refunds will be provided but must be requested in an email to boxoffice@vvf.org at least three business days in advance of the scheduled performance.

Sept. 9 End of Summer Community Concert will now be ticketed

The Vail Valley Foundation also announced that its Sept. 9 End of Summer Community Concert will now be a ticketed event so that the new policies can be properly enforced. The event will still be free, but attendees will need a valid ticket for entry into the show.

“Instituting these new protocols is only possible in a ticketed environment, but we don’t believe that will be a deterrent to those who want to attend,” said Dave Dressman, Vice President of Sales and the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater for the Vail Valley Foundation. “We have a very high rate of vaccination in this community, we expect the new policy to be embraced and supported, and we have seen our valley’s tremendous love of live music. We are ready to enjoy the unity that can only come from joining together to enjoy live music at this beautiful venue.”

The Sept. 9 End of Summer Community Concert will feature a host of local musicians and is meant to be a time for the community to gather in unity, celebrate frontline workers and stay positive while navigating the complexities of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Upcoming shows
The Vilar Performing Arts Center and the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater have a full season of programming on tap for late summer and autumn.

• Highlights at the VPAC include comedian Colin Quinn, Keb’ Mo’ Band, Jackson Emmer / Sierra Ferrell, plus STARS educational performances, Underground Sound programming and more.
• Highlights at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater include Rodrigo y Gabriela, The VVF’s End of Summer Community Concert, Death Cab for Cutie, & Phil Lesh & Friends.

For Show Night Procedures, Policies and FAQS visit: www.vilarpac.org/covid19-policy


Updated August 5, 2021

***Public statement***

Vilar Performing Arts Center | COVID-19 Policy Update

Dear VPAC attendees and supporters,

Thank you for your support this summer.  Although our community remains in a good place today due to our very high vaccination rate, based on recent CDC guidance, the Vilar Performing Arts Center is revising our venue health and safety policies for all remaining Summer 2021 performances. Effective immediately, it is recommended but not required that attendees wear a mask in the theater at all upcoming summer 2021 performances. This policy will remain in effect until further notice. Thank you for your support and understanding as we work to maintain a safe and comfortable environment for the enjoyment of live performances at VPAC.

Warm regards,

Owen Hutchinson, Executive Director, VPAC


Updated May 31, 2021

***Public statement***

Vilar Performing Arts Center | COVID-19 Policy Update

The Vilar Performing Arts Center is pleased to bring a complete summer schedule to our beautiful venue for the 2021 summer season.     

As permitted by current State of Colorado and Eagle County guidelines, the Vilar Performing Arts Center is currently operating at 50% capacity (approximately 265 people) through June 30, without any social distancing or mask requirements*.

  • Capacity for performances in the month of July will be announced by June 18. All capacity limitations will be lifted on August 1. 
  • No social distancing required.    
  • Face coverings will be optional in all areas of the VPAC. All individuals, whether they choose to wear a face-covering or not, will be welcomed and respected.  
  • For protocols during Bravo! Vail Music Festival performances at the VPAC, please visit bravovail.org.     

The Vilar Performing Arts Center thanks you for your patience and understanding as we transition to new protocols for our venue.     

If you are not yet comfortable attending the venue under current protocols, although we will miss your presence, we ask that you consider not attending at this time.  

*Visiting productions may elect to follow increased health and safety protocols. Therefore, specific capacity, distancing, and face-covering protocols may vary from show to show. 

For further questions please contact the box office at (970) 845-8497.


Updated May 24, 2021

***Public statement***

Vilar Performing Arts Center | COVID-19 Policy Update

As permitted by current State of Colorado and Eagle County guidelines, the Vilar Performing Arts Center is currently operating at 50% capacity beginning with our first show June 27, without any social distancing or mask requirements*. If you are not comfortable with this approach, although we will miss your presence, we ask you to consider not attending at this time.  

  • Venue capacity is currently limited to 50% (approximately 275 people) until further notice.
  • Vilar Performing Arts Center intends to increase venue capacity later in the summer season.
  • No social distancing required.
  • Face coverings will be optional in all areas of the VPAC. All individuals, whether they choose to wear a face-covering or not, will be welcomed and respected.
  • For protocols during Bravo! Vail Music Festival performances at the VPAC, please visit bravovail.org.

The Vilar Performing Arts Center thanks you for your patience and understanding as we transition to new protocols for our venue.

If you are not comfortable attending the venue under current protocols, although we will miss your presence, we ask that you consider not attending at this time.

*Visiting productions may elect to follow increased health and safety protocols. Therefore, specific capacity, distancing, and face-covering protocols may vary from show to show.

For further questions please contact the box office at (970) 845-8497.


Updated April 28, 2020

***Public statement***

Vilar Performing Arts Center Response to Updated Eagle County Public Health Order

Eagle County Public Health recently announced a new order that will transition the community through three phases of recovery from COVID-19. Social distancing will be required throughout the entire process until all health orders are lifted (for more visit http://ecemergency.org).·

  • Phase 1: Green Circle, gatherings of up to 10 people
  • Phase 2: Blue Square, gatherings of up to 25-50 people
  • Phase 3: Black Diamond, gatherings of up to 250 people

The Vilar Performing Arts Center will host the Ghost Light Sessions, bringing quality, livestreaming performances from the venue beginning May 7 and continuing until public health guidance allows doors to re-open. The venue is optimistic it can host small events in the “Black Diamond” phase and can reopen entirely when all three phases of the public health order are complete.·      More information about VPAC’s June-July schedule forthcoming in early May.

  • More information about VPAC’s Aug.-Sept. schedule forthcoming by June

Thank you,

Duncan Horner

Executive Director, VPAC


Updated April 8, 2020

***Public statement***

Vilar Performing Arts Center updated response to COVID-19

The Eagle County Department of Public Health and Environment has issued an updated Stay at Home Order lasting through April 30.

At this time, it is too early to tell the impact this pandemic will have on our summer. However, we remain hopeful and optimistic that we will be able to host all or some portion of our summer shows. In any event, now and into the future, the staff and volunteers of the VPAC are working hard in multiple capacities to ensure we remain a center for community, and for the uplifting communion that only comes through sharing the performing arts with one another. Please stay in touch with us throughout this crisis via our social media channels: www.facebook.com/vilarperformingartscenter / @vilarpac

We expect to know more over the next month, and we look forward to welcoming all of you back to the VPAC soon once Public Health guidance and good sense allow.

In the meantime, we will continue to follow the guidance of our public health institutions, and provide updates to you, our valued supporters, the moment we learn more.

Thank you,

Duncan Horner

Executive Director, Vilar Performing Arts Center

 


March 12, 2020:

***Public statement***

Vilar Performing Arts Center announces cancellation of the remainder of its 2019-20 winter season

The Vail Valley Foundation places the health and wellbeing of our employees and their families, our supporters, guests, volunteers, and all the people we serve at our many events, venues and programs, as our highest priority.

The recent global spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus has underscored the importance for all event organizers, including the VVF’s Vilar Performing Arts Center, to work closely with federal, state and local public health organizations and officials to determine proper protocols, limitations, postponements, and, in the event of a public health emergency, cancellations of public events and programs.

The Eagle County Department of Public Health and Environment has issued a standing public health order prohibiting all events of 50 people or more effective immediately through April 8, 2020.

In full support and concordance with this important measure, the Vilar Performing Arts Center has announced the cancellation of all performances and events for the remainder of the 19-20 winter season.

A full refund will be issued to any ticket buyer of a canceled show. Please email boxoffice@vvf.org with any additional questions.

We look forward to welcoming all of you back to the VPAC soon once the standing public health order is lifted.

In the meantime, we will continue to follow the guidance of our public health institutions, and provide updates to you, our valued supporters, in and when we learn more.

Thank you,

Duncan Horner

Executive Director, Vilar Performing Arts Center

 


March 9, 2020:

A message from our Executive Director, Duncan Horner

To our valued ticket buyers,

Your safety is our number one priority. We are making every effort to safeguard our venue so that all guests can continue enjoying great entertainment at the Vilar Performing Arts Center.

In the light of recent news relating to the virus that causes COVID-19, we are closely following the updates from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), Eagle County Health Department and Emergency Services, medical professionals and other government agencies to stay on top of developments. Community-level transmission is not evidenced at this time in Eagle County, and our community should have awareness, but not panic, regarding COVID-19.

We want you to feel confident when attending shows at the Vilar Performing Arts Center. As a result, we have enhanced some of our procedures in the interest of our ticket buyers’, employees’ and volunteers’ health and safety.

Theater Cleaning and Staff Policy:  We are implementing measures to limit the spread of an infection should it occur in our facilities. As a part of this strategy, we are using hospital-grade JW 04331 VirexII disinfectant cleaner to sanitize the doorknobs, door handles, handrails, and all armrests and seatbacks daily. In addition, we are sanitizing the countertops at both of the concessions stands, the box office, the May Gallery Bar, the cocktail tables in the lower lobby and all of the tables in the upper lobby on a daily basis. Hand sanitizer will also be made available in our lobby spaces for your convenience. Our cleaning company is trained on proper hand and glove washing as well as the correct application techniques, and all staff and volunteers are being reminded of the importance of not coming to work when sick.

I also want to remind all ticket buyers about our flexible policies which we hope serve to create peace of mind. Given the level of risk, we will continue our operations as usual, and have received no artist cancellations at this time.  As a ticket buyer, if you decide to cancel your plans to attend an event, the funds used can be applied to a future ticket as long as you cancel at least 1 hour prior to the scheduled performance. The funds are valid for a future performance up to twelve months from the original purchase date and must be used by the individual named on the ticket.

Thank you for your patience and trust in the Vilar Performing Arts Center. We are prepared to navigate through these challenging circumstances with your safety and confidence at the forefront of everything we do. We will continue to monitor updates and will communicate via numerous channels, including email, Facebook and social media, with any news.

Learn more about how to respond to COVID-19 at: www.ecemergency.org/?m=1.

We look forward to seeing you in the theater soon,

Duncan JB Horner

Executive Director, Vilar Performing Arts Center

 

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