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Bankhead Theater to require proof of vaccination

Beginning Oct. 1, patrons must be vaccinated and wear masks

Livermore Arts will require ticket holders to events at the Bankhead Theater to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and wear a mask while inside, beginning Oct. 1. For children under 12, a three-question questionnaire will be required for entry.

"Our No. 1 priority is to share the arts safely with the Tri-Valley community," said Denise Watkins, chairwoman of the Livermore Arts Board of Directors. "The staff at the Bankhead Theater has been working tirelessly to create a safe environment for everyone including artists, crew, staff, patrons and volunteers.

"We want to continue providing live entertainment while adopting efforts to stop the spread of the virus and protect the most vulnerable members of our community," she added.

"Everyone plays an important part, not just on stage, but in the audience."

The decision to require vaccination and mask wearing for all indoor performances is the outcome of a "listening campaign" with performers, patrons, staff and volunteers.

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"Livermore Arts accepts the responsibility of not only keeping our community safe and stopping the spread of the virus, but also returning to a sense of normalcy," Executive Director Chris Carter said.

"Bringing live performances to the Bankhead Theater is part of what makes living in the Tri-Valley such a special place," he continued. "It is incumbent upon us to make sure we institute multiple layers of safety protocols to ensure that we are able to continue to bring live music, theater, dance, opera and comedy back to Livermore and the surrounding areas.

"It is our responsibility to do everything in our power to stop the spread and prevent another economic shutdown."

Carter noted that Livermore Arts also requires staff and volunteers to be vaccinated or provide negative COVID tests on a regular basis, plus wear masks.

"In addition, our HVAC system in the theater exchanges the air 9.2 times each hour," he explained. "That means there is new air in the theater every 6.5 minutes. We have also upgraded our HVAC system to use high-quality MERV-13 filters, designed to trap very fine particles, potential allergens, bacteria and viruses.

"High-touch areas are cleaned with a thorough cleaning before and after every performance. All seats, armrests, and handrails are cleaned after each performance using an electrostatic sprayer, the same sprayer used in hospitals and schools to clean and kill COVID-19 on surfaces."

Two resident companies of the Bankhead Theater -- Livermore-Amador Symphony and Livermore Valley Opera -- supported the decision to require proof of vaccination.

"LAS recently instituted its own vaccine requirement for all participating musicians, in addition to closely adhering to all current Alameda County health mandates," conductor Lara Webber said.

"These mandates will allow us to safely return to the stage and enrich the lives of our community," said Erie Mill, artistic director at Livermore Valley Opera.

Students and visitors at the Bothwell Arts Center ages 12 and over will also be required to show proof of vaccination and wear a mask. The Bankhead Theater, together with the Bothwell Arts Center, is home to eight resident performing arts companies and more than 40 studio artists and cultural arts instructors.

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Bankhead Theater to require proof of vaccination

Beginning Oct. 1, patrons must be vaccinated and wear masks

by / Pleasanton Weekly

Uploaded: Thu, Sep 2, 2021, 2:43 pm

Livermore Arts will require ticket holders to events at the Bankhead Theater to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and wear a mask while inside, beginning Oct. 1. For children under 12, a three-question questionnaire will be required for entry.

"Our No. 1 priority is to share the arts safely with the Tri-Valley community," said Denise Watkins, chairwoman of the Livermore Arts Board of Directors. "The staff at the Bankhead Theater has been working tirelessly to create a safe environment for everyone including artists, crew, staff, patrons and volunteers.

"We want to continue providing live entertainment while adopting efforts to stop the spread of the virus and protect the most vulnerable members of our community," she added.

"Everyone plays an important part, not just on stage, but in the audience."

The decision to require vaccination and mask wearing for all indoor performances is the outcome of a "listening campaign" with performers, patrons, staff and volunteers.

"Livermore Arts accepts the responsibility of not only keeping our community safe and stopping the spread of the virus, but also returning to a sense of normalcy," Executive Director Chris Carter said.

"Bringing live performances to the Bankhead Theater is part of what makes living in the Tri-Valley such a special place," he continued. "It is incumbent upon us to make sure we institute multiple layers of safety protocols to ensure that we are able to continue to bring live music, theater, dance, opera and comedy back to Livermore and the surrounding areas.

"It is our responsibility to do everything in our power to stop the spread and prevent another economic shutdown."

Carter noted that Livermore Arts also requires staff and volunteers to be vaccinated or provide negative COVID tests on a regular basis, plus wear masks.

"In addition, our HVAC system in the theater exchanges the air 9.2 times each hour," he explained. "That means there is new air in the theater every 6.5 minutes. We have also upgraded our HVAC system to use high-quality MERV-13 filters, designed to trap very fine particles, potential allergens, bacteria and viruses.

"High-touch areas are cleaned with a thorough cleaning before and after every performance. All seats, armrests, and handrails are cleaned after each performance using an electrostatic sprayer, the same sprayer used in hospitals and schools to clean and kill COVID-19 on surfaces."

Two resident companies of the Bankhead Theater -- Livermore-Amador Symphony and Livermore Valley Opera -- supported the decision to require proof of vaccination.

"LAS recently instituted its own vaccine requirement for all participating musicians, in addition to closely adhering to all current Alameda County health mandates," conductor Lara Webber said.

"These mandates will allow us to safely return to the stage and enrich the lives of our community," said Erie Mill, artistic director at Livermore Valley Opera.

Students and visitors at the Bothwell Arts Center ages 12 and over will also be required to show proof of vaccination and wear a mask. The Bankhead Theater, together with the Bothwell Arts Center, is home to eight resident performing arts companies and more than 40 studio artists and cultural arts instructors.

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buklau
Registered user
Avila
on Sep 3, 2021 at 1:35 pm
buklau, Avila
Registered user
on Sep 3, 2021 at 1:35 pm

Israel = Most vaxxed nation

Israel = Surging with covid cases and hospitalizations


BobB
Registered user
Vintage Hills
on Sep 3, 2021 at 3:41 pm
BobB, Vintage Hills
Registered user
on Sep 3, 2021 at 3:41 pm

@biklau,

That is an outright lie. You are wrong. Israel is not the most vaccinated country. You are still spreading falsehoods here like you have so many times before. I'm glad Pleasanton weekly at least had enough sense to delete some of your more outrageous claims.

What on Earth are you doing here? Are you really here to try to prevent people from getting a vaccination that could save their lives or keep them out of the hospital? Is that what you're doing, seriously?


John
Registered user
Birdland
on Sep 3, 2021 at 7:37 pm
John, Birdland
Registered user
on Sep 3, 2021 at 7:37 pm

Who is the most vaccinated country and where is Israel in the list. Provide facts BobB and quit just spreading false information


Mike Davis
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Carriage Gardens
on Sep 3, 2021 at 8:44 pm
Mike Davis, Carriage Gardens
Registered user
on Sep 3, 2021 at 8:44 pm

Malta is the most vaccinated country. Israel is number 23. As bob said, claiming Israel is the most vaccinated country is a bald faced lie.

I'm always fascinated with antivaxer obsession with Israel since Israel is also a great example of the effectiveness of vaccination. The data in Israel is overwhelmingly demonstrating unvaccinated individuals are far more likely to catch covid, suffer complications, and die from covid (on the order of 9:1). This is in spite of Israels refusal to issue lockdown orders or to follow proper vaccination protocols. I'm assuming your fascination is related to the antisemitic George Soros space laser conspiracy crap the regressives like to spew, but i'll leave that to you.


John
Registered user
Birdland
on Sep 4, 2021 at 8:05 am
John, Birdland
Registered user
on Sep 4, 2021 at 8:05 am

Mike, you are once angry person, I suggest you need help. When you bring up George Soros as you idol I am out of here. See ya.


Mike Davis
Registered user
Carriage Gardens
on Sep 4, 2021 at 11:07 am
Mike Davis, Carriage Gardens
Registered user
on Sep 4, 2021 at 11:07 am

No John, I'm not angry, I'm just tired. Tired of people blindly following awful people and political parties to the point they abandon reason, science, and human decency. Tired of you, buklau, and your ilk spreading outright lies and half-truths in pursuit of your ignorance. Tired of these demonstrably false narratives being treated as even remotely legitimate. Tired of people like you arguing in obvious bad faith. Tired of the weekly tacitly endorsing the lies by allowing their site to be a podium for the garbage.

Although I am tired of all of all this, I will continue to stand up for truth, reality, and human decency by confronting their enemies at every opportunity.


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