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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE GARDE’S REOPENING

  • The Garde can only open when it can be fully open…safely.
  • Artists and the Garde depend on its full 1400- seat capacity in order to
    generate the revenue necessary to cover event costs.
  • Social distancing reduces available seats to about 30% of capacity.
    Public gatherings in our lobbies and access to concessions are integral to
    the “Garde experience” and cannot function with social distance.
  • The Garde does not want to open when public health requirements are so
    intrusive they create audience anxiety.
  • Large indoor theaters will be the last to fully open. Currently, the State of
    CT is forecasting this Fall.
  • Most touring artists must be able to travel safely anywhere in the U.S. and
    are focusing on indoor touring to recommence this Fall.
  • All tickets purchased for future shows are honored for the same seat if the
    show reschedules. We will have a “no questions asked” ticket refund
    policy for all events pre-purchased before we reopen.

TO PREPARE FOR REOPENING, the Garde will be

  • Meeting weekly with Connecticut and national theater colleagues to
    assess current conditions and jointly develop reopening strategies;
  • Completing a study of our ventilation systems to determine what
    modifications and additional equipment may be necessary;
  • Rehiring, recruiting, and retraining production staff lost during the
    shutdown;
  • Sanitizing and upgrading backstage areas;
  • Upgrading audio and lighting systems;
  • Modifying lobby and concession equipment and procedures; and
  • Keeping in touch with our patrons with the latest developments
    and schedule announcements.