Penn State has issued rules and precautions that follow, or might exceed, guidance from the Centers for Disease Control issued in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please visit COVID policies prior to attending a University event to ensure you are familiar with the rules and expectations.
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Everyone in attendance must be masked regardless of vaccination status. Masks must remain on while inside the building and are expected to be worn over nose and mouth at all times.
As long as it is required by the University, masking will be required and enforced at indoor presentations. All staff and volunteers, as a condition of employment, will follow Penn State’s masking requirements.
For outdoor events, masks are encouraged but not required. However, if entering the building to use a restroom or for any other reason, masks must be worn.
Hand-sanitizing stations are in place at Eisenhower Auditorium entrances, at the top of the stairs leading to the lounge level, and at the doors to restrooms. They are positioned based on the use of the orchestra level for classes. When other areas, such as the grand tier and balcony, are in use, additional hand-sanitizing stations will be placed outside the elevators, at stair access points, and at the restrooms on those upper levels.
We can send your tickets to you via text message or email. When you arrive at the venue on the day of a performance, you can scan your own ticket. Pedestals will hold the scanners. You just need to place your phone (or printed ticket) under the scanner. The scanner will light green and instruct you to “GO,” at which point you can continue to your seat. If it doesn’t indicate “GO,” a staff member near the pedestals will assist you.
The HVAC air flow in Eisenhower Auditorium is distributed from the ceiling. The University has installed MERV 13 filters in all buildings. MERV stands for “minimum efficiency reporting value.” A MERV 13 filter is recommended for use by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers for use as a filter in general surgery spaces, superior commercial buildings, and hospital inpatient care units.
In the seating area of the auditorium, the air is exchanged about 7.4 times per hour. The recommended standard for preferred air quality is at least 2 exchanges per hour. While this is helpful in terms of reducing exposure to viruses, it also explains why audience members experience drafts when it is cold outside. Outside air introduced into the building doesn’t have a chance to heat to match the internal room temperature before it is dispersed.
Capacity and seating
We will follow all rules and restrictions provided by the Pennsylvania state government and Penn State administration. No restrictions on capacity are in place now. Most of our presentations are in Eisenhower Auditorium, which seats about 2,500 people>. Our fall presentations were selected specifically because the expected attendance at each is less than 600 people, providing ample seats for social distancing.
If purchasing online, you may select your seat(s) from the seating map of available inventory. If purchasing by phone or in person, you can make a request to the ticketing representative who will be happy to accommodate your needs.
Artistic Viewpoints and post-performance discussions
We plan to offer Artistic Viewpoints and post-performance discussions for selected presentations. Both will be indoors, and masks will be required. Artistic Viewpoints has always had a capacity limit of fewer than 100 people because it is conducted in the conference room. Post-performance discussions are in the auditorium house. Patrons who want to stay for the program must remain masked and seated.