Walton Arts Center, TheatreSquared announce coronavirus precautions

Performances scheduled at Walton Arts Center and TheatreSquared for this weekend will continue as planned for the time being.

Venue officials with both organizations confirmed that performances of Anastasia scheduled at Walton Arts Center this weekend, and Ann at TheatreSquared, are still on despite concerns related to the ongoing spread of coronavirus.

Both venues, however, are taking extra precautions for the sake of their patrons.

From the Walton Arts Center:

We are taking these extra precautions to help keep everyone safe:
– All of our hard surfaces throughout the venue and office spaces – doors, counters, tables, handrails, chairs, armrests etc. – are cleaned and disinfected multiple times a day.
– Hand sanitizer is provided for employees.
– Soap is available in all restrooms for patrons and employees.
– We have temporarily suspend reusing OnStage magazines. Once they have been distributed to patrons they will be recycled.
– We are also posting signs around the venue to remind patrons and employees about how they can reduce the spread of germs.

This is an evolving situation and our team is monitoring updates from the Centers for Disease Control, the Arkansas Department of Health, and our industry trade organizations: International Association of Venue Management and The Broadway League.

TheaterSquared also announced additional sanitation measures.

From their website:

The company has substantially increased the frequency of disinfecting and cleaning all public spaces throughout the day and, in particular, during all performances. Hand sanitizer is also available at the box office, at the entrances to the theatre, and at the bar.

Currently, one show – the Arlo Gutherie show originally planned on Friday, March 20 at Walton Arts Center – has been rescheduled due to travel issues related to the virus. Guthrie’s performance has been moved to Oct. 4, and tickets for the March 20 concert will be valid for October 4, with refunds available for those who can not attend the show on the new date.

Both organizations say they are monitoring the situation, and will update ticket holders on any changes to their schedules as they arise via regular channels, including via email, social media, and through the media.