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The Vail Valley Foundation on Friday issued the following press release on its new COVID-19 policy at its major music venues:
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
The Vilar Performing Arts Center and the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater have a full season of programming on tap for late summer and autumn.