Pittsburgh Opera wants you to feel safe attending our performances and events.
We have developed and are implementing robust safety protocols in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our goal is to protect patrons, visitors, employees, staff, artists, and volunteers, as well as mitigate the potential for spread of COVID-19 in our organizational areas and communities.
All policies have been developed with consideration for recommendations and/or orders from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and the Allegheny County Health Department, as well as best practices being developed in the performing arts industry in the United States and abroad.
These protocols are not only intended to keep you safe, but to allow you to sit back and enjoy our performances with peace of mind.
Building Cleanings/Facility Hygiene
Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters undergoes daily cleaning, and continues to follow pre-existing cleaning protocols. Additionally, high-touch areas are cleaned and disinfected daily using an EPA-registered disinfectant to kill human coronavirus.
Pittsburgh Opera has made hand soap and hand sanitizer accessible throughout the building either at sinks or sanitizing stations placed appropriately at key entry points and where sinks are not readily available.
Pittsburgh Opera provides tissues and trash bins at or near sanitizing stations throughout the building. Anyone entering the building should always cover their mouth and nose with a tissue or use the inside of their elbow when coughing or sneezing and immediately wash or sanitize their hands.
- All people entering Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters are required to wear a face covering while in the building in accordance with the Updated Order of the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health Requiring Universal Face Coverings dated November 17th, 2020.
- Face coverings may include but are not limited to homemade or purchased cloth face masks, disposable face masks, scarves, or bandanas as long as both mouth and nose are covered completely.
- Disposable masks will also be available on a limited basis should a Company Member or Guest fail to provide one.
- All persons entering Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters are advised to practice social distancing by maintaining a physical distance of at least 6 feet from other people when possible at all times.
- All persons are expected to adhere to posted occupancy limits or restrictions, and to adhere to posted signage and instructions regarding traffic patterns throughout the building.
- Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters now maintains a minimum outdoor air ventilation of 15% at all times, and increases this amount as appropriate.
- Our HVAC systems now run 24/7 to allow for maximum air changeover and removal of particles.
- Pittsburgh Opera has upgraded to MERV-13 filters in all our HVAC units.
In addition to the above, any person arriving at Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters will be required to go through a health screening upon first arrival to the building. Detailed information about the screening can be found below.
UPDATED MARCH 3, 2021:
Any person arriving at Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters will be required to go through a health screening upon first arrival to the building. The health screening will include temperature checks and the following questions. Please prepare for the temperature screening by ensuring the test area of the forehead is clean, dry, and not blocked during measurement. All health screening information will be kept strictly confidential.
- Are you experiencing any of the COVID-19 symptoms listed below (that cannot be attributed to another health condition or specific activity)?
- Fever (100.4°F or higher) or a sense of having a fever
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Chills or repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain or body aches
- Headache or confusion
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
- Are you currently waiting for COVID-19 test results?
- Have you tested positive for COVID-19 within the last two weeks?
- Have you been in contact with anyone within the last two weeks who has tested positive for COVID-19?
Anyone with a temperature of 100.4°F or higher, or who answers 'Yes' to any of the above questions, will be denied admittance.
Vaccinated individuals will be required to follow all safety protocols and mitigation efforts as stated above. Key Things to Know About COVID-19 Vaccines
UPDATED MARCH 3, 2021:
Any Pittsburgh Opera Staff, Artists and Associated Contractors (collectively "Company Members") traveling from out-of-state or returning to PA may choose from the following quarantine options in accordance with CDC recommendations:
- 14-day quarantine – no testing before or after travel
- 10-day quarantine – This would require a negative test no more than 3 days before travel
- 7-day quarantine – this would require a negative test no more than 3 days before travel AND a subsequent negative test 3-5 days after travel
If Staff or Company Members have guests in their home from out-of-state or family members who have traveled, it is recommended that they follow CDC guidance, however, we will not require the non-traveling Staff or Company Member to quarantine from the building.
Everyone should still monitor for symptoms as usual and stay home if anyone starts to feel unwell.