Health & Safety Procedures
The North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie places great importance on the health and safety of our patrons, staff, volunteers and visiting artists. While we are confident that the COVID-19 vaccination rate will continue to increase and the number of infections will continue to decrease in the coming months, the Center is taking every possible action to ensure your safety when live performances finally resume.
Personal Health & Safety
We follow and adhere to all health guidance from the CDC, the Illinois Department of Health and the Skokie Health Department. These official guidelines and the Center’s protocols will continue to evolve over the coming months. If you purchase tickets to a future performance, be prepared that face coverings may still be required. Requirements will be lifted only once public health officials deem it safe to do so. Hand washing and sanitation remain one of the best ways to prevent the spread of illnesses. You will find full soap dispensers and hand sanitizer stations throughout the North Shore Center.
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.
We also have a Buyer Assurance Program. Remember to be safe and be confident when purchasing a ticket at the North Shore Center.
Stay safe, be well! We’ll be ready to safely host you soon at the Center!