NORTH SHORE CENTER HEALTH SAFETY
(updated September 14, 2021)
Health Guidelines as of September 1st!
The North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie prioritizes the health and safety of our patrons, staff, volunteers and visiting artists. The Center will strive to ensure your safety for your next event. Please be patient, understanding and kind to others in this health safety environment.
• North Shore Center Requires Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination
• Face Masks Are Required for All Visitors
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie is joining a coalition of Chicagoland performing arts venues with a unified policy requiring our visitors to present proof of full COVID-19 vaccination. Properly worn face masks are still required for all patrons regardless of vaccination status. We intend to hold these policies in place through the end of 2021.
Present Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination
We require all visitors 12 and older to present their proof of full vaccination from COVID-19 with an approved vaccine.
Some exceptions will be made for those who cannot be vaccinated due to a medical condition or closely held religious belief. These cases will instead require proof of a negative COVID-19 test: Either a negative PCR test in the past three days or a negative rapid antigen test in the past six hours. Children under the age of twelve are exempt from this requirement.
We have implemented this policy with the intent of reducing the risk for all our patrons, artists and staff. These policies, widely supported by our stakeholders and constituencies, were made by consultations with public health officials, our touring artists management, patron survey and feedback data, and with peers in our performing arts community.
Face Masks Are Required
An effective medical measure taken to limit transmission of illness, facial coverings and masks are required for all visitors at the North Shore Center. Face masks should be worn properly over the nose and mouth for the duration of the visit. Audiences should expect that most productions will be seated at full capacity. Drinks and concessions items will not be permitted into audience seating areas during this time.
Personal Health & Safety
We continue to follow health guidance from the CDC and Illinois Department of Health. The Center has taken enhanced health safety and cleaning measures to protect artists and patrons and reduce transmission risks of the coronavirus. Please understand your own personal health risks and take proper precautions. An inherent risk of COVID-19 transmission exists in any public place where people are present. By attending, participants assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.
Our staff is fully vaccinated. We strongly encourage patrons receive the vaccine to protect others. If you are NOT vaccinated, find out how to get a free vaccine: CLICK HERE
Air Handling Systems
As a modern facility, the heating, cooling and ventilation system (HVAC) at the North Shore Center is robust and most equipment is less than six years old. Our system is designed to completely exchange air in both theaters and public lobby every fifteen minutes or less while mixing in up to 25% fresh outside air. Science research shows that frequent air exchange in indoor spaces is key to reducing transmission of infectious airborne diseases.
We have also upgraded our HVAC system with MERV-13 air filters, which trap microscopic dust particles that can carry airborne viruses. While many older systems are unable to handle these highest-grade filters, our modern HVAC system can add this extra level of filtering protection.
Cleaning & Disinfection
The North Shore Center always maintains a rigorous cleaning regimen. We upgraded to a Clorox 360 Electrostatic Sprayer for cleaning and disinfecting restrooms, counters, door handles and other high-touch surfaces in the facility. While we now know that COVID-19 is not easily transmitted from contaminated surfaces, our sprayer kills 99.9% of bacteria in seconds and viruses like the common cold and flu viruses just moments after treatment.
Buyer Assurance Program
Do NOT attend a North Shore Center event if you feel sick—take advantage of our Buyer Assurance Program