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NJPAC Reopening + Will Require Proof of COVID Vaccine or Negative Test

by Victoria Marie Moyeno
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The New Jersey Performing Arts Center {NJPAC}  has announced that it will be reopening sometime this summer — but with a requirement. Patrons will have to show proof that they are negative with either COVID-19 test results within three days of the performance or proof of vaccination no less than 14 days before the performance.

New Jersey Performing Arts Center

{Photo credit: @njpac}

There will also be a mask requirement, temperature checks, heightened sanitation standards, and touchless services. The Newark-based performance venue typically boasts every type of arts performance from music to dance but with COVID-19 safety regulations, the venue had to switch gears if it wanted to open its doors once more.

“We feel this measure is necessary to ensure the safety of everyone on our campus,” said David Rodriguez, the center’s executive producer, in a statement. “It is our goal to ensure that NJPAC is the safest performing arts space in the region.”

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The website stated, “Your safety is our priority. Over the past year, we’ve collaborated with medical professionals, invested in venue upgrades, and put new procedures in place to protect our guests, staff, volunteers, and artists. Just a few things you might want to know about: Every guest must show a negative COVID-19 test {dated no more than 3 days before the show} or a completed vaccination record {dated at least 14 days before the show}. All guests must wear a mask inside the venue. Our premium HVAC system has a MERV rating of 15, exceeding industry recommendations for virus filtration. And we use cleaning materials and processes recommended by the CDC.” See here for a video that goes into further detail about how NJAC is preparing for in-person events.

NJPAC will offer a summer and fall schedule of events.

New Jersey’s indoor capacity restrictions for indoor venues with at least 2,500 seats are set at 20%. This means roughly 650 guests will be allowed in Prudential Hall, the main performance room in the building.

About New Jersey Performing Arts Center

Founded in 1997, NJPAC is a nonprofit arts organization that aims to enhance and transform lives through art and performance. The venue hosts all kinds of performances, nurtures students through education programs, and engages the community with free events and festivals across the city of Newark.

According to the website, it’s the most diverse performing arts center in the country and one of the largest arts education providers in the country.

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