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Important info about behavior and conduct within our building.

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In-Person Attendance & Building Guidelines

These policies are subject to change at any time without prior notice.

COVID-19 Policies

Last updated: 8/16/2021

Town Hall’s current COVID-19 Building Policies are dedicated to the safety of our speakers, performers, staff, and audiences as we return to community with one another. We’ll continue to follow guidelines and recommendations from the CDC, King County, and the City of Seattle as we move forward. 

That said, you can assume our policies will continue to shift over the course of our gradual transition back to regular in-person gatherings. We will be in touch with our patrons and members often, but please check here any time you plan a visit; this page will be kept updated as we move through Town Hall’s coming season.

PROOF OF VACCINATION & MASKING REQUIRED FOR PATRONS

As of August 16, 2021, Town Hall will require proof of vaccination for entry to all events at Town Hall Seattle. Individuals unable to be fully vaccinated, including children under 12, must show proof of a negative Covid test taken within 48 hours of performance. Staff will check for proof of vaccination and negative Covid tests at the doors upon entry. 

Additionally, masking by all patrons and employees is required. At this time, eating inside the building is not allowed. Drinking is acceptable as long as masks are replaced immediately after.

See more details about vaccination and testing requirements below. 

ONSTAGE MASKING REQUIREMENTS

If vaccinated speakers choose to be unmasked while onstage, each must provide proof of vaccination and use a separate microphone from other participants. Participants who share a microphone must remain masked. Only vaccinated individuals may remove their masks onstage, and some physical distancing of participants is required (a minimum of three feet).

SEATING & TICKETING

We will operate with 100% seating capacity in the Great Hall and in the Forum. Town Hall reserves the right to keep the first three rows of seating vacant in order to widen the distance between (potentially unmasked) onstage performers and the audience. Physical distancing in the audience is encouraged but not required. At events when the space is not filled to capacity, Town Hall staff may elect to require or encourage physical distancing between unrelated parties.

The majority of Town Hall’s events will also be livestreamed; if at any time a ticket holder feels uncomfortable physically attending an in-person event, they may request a livestream ticket by emailing our team at patronservices@townhallseattle.org. If an event is changed from in-person to digital only, ticket holders will be notified by email with information about how to log in to the digital event. Otherwise our standard ticket policies apply for event changes and cancellations. All tickets will be delivered digitally via your my.THS account, where you can view your tickets and watch events virtually. If your ticket was not purchased through Town Hall Seattle (in the case of certain rental events), please contact the organization directly for their ticketing policies and information. 

RECENT BUILDING IMPROVEMENTS AND MAINTENANCE

  • The Town Hall building has a brand new (2019), modern HVAC system that
  • incorporates increased air circulation and improved fresh air intake. Filters throughout the building have been upgraded to MERV-13s and are replaced on a regular maintenance schedule.
  • As many internal doors as possible will remain open throughout the venue.
  • Touch-free hand sanitizer stations are installed at the entrances and hand sanitizer dispensers are located throughout the facility.
  • In addition to an increase in routine cleaning and sanitizing, door knobs, crash bars,bathroom doors, faucets, and other hard surfaces are sanitized regularly.

SPECIAL INFORMATION FOR FULLY-VACCINATED PATRONS

A patron fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by a two-dose mRNA vaccine (such as Moderna and Pfizer), or a single dose vaccine (such as Johnson & Johnson), is considered “fully vaccinated” two weeks after the final dose of vaccine (the second dose for a two-dose regimen, or the single dose for a single-dose regimen). Documentation of vaccination status must be shown with a valid ID upon entry to the venue and available upon request at any time.

The following are acceptable as proof of full vaccination:

  • Vaccination card (which includes name of person vaccinated, type of vaccine provided and date last dose administered) OR
  • A photo of a vaccination card as a separate document OR
  • A photo of the attendee’s vaccine card stored on a phone or electronic device OR 
  • Documentation of vaccination from a healthcare provider electronic health record or state Immunization Information System record.
  • Matching photo ID will be required at the door.

Self-reported vaccination records that are not verified by a health care provider cannot be accepted.

SPECIAL INFORMATION FOR UNVACCINATED PATRONS

Patrons unable to be vaccinated, including children under 12, will be required to show proof of a negative Covid PCR test within 48 hours prior to the performance. Find a testing location near you. The following are acceptable as proof of a negative COVID-19 test result:

  • Printed document (from the test provider or laboratory) OR
  • An email or text message displayed on a phone or electronic device from the test
  • provider or laboratory.
  • The information provided should include name of person tested, type of test performed,and date of negative test result (date of negative PCR test result must be within prior 48 hours).
  • Matching photo ID will be required at the door

Antigen tests cannot be accepted. Self-reported negative test results that are not from a test provider, a laboratory, or a health care provider cannot be accepted.

MASK REQUIREMENT

Masks will be required for all patrons, in all sections, except when actively drinking liquid. Children aged 2 and under are not required to wear a mask.

STAFF GUIDELINES

All Town Hall staff members are vaccinated and are required to wear masks in our administrative offices. 

  • Staff must complete a wellness screening prior to entering the building for a shift.
  • Any staff who suspect they are not well or have come into contact with the virus will not be allowed to work.
  • If notified of a case of COVID-19, Town Hall will work to alert those who may have been in contact with the person who tested positive.

HOME AGAIN, SAFELY

We are excited at the chance to host you in Town Hall Seattle, in a spirit of care and safety. Our staff maintains and refreshes these guidelines regularly, in accordance with CDC and State recommendations and with guidance from a local public health expert. All speakers, performers, and patrons must agree to defer to Town Hall staff in upholding the guidelines.

RESOURCES

CDC Interim Guidelines for Fully-Vaccinated People
WA Secretary of Health Amendment to Face Coverings Requirement as of June 2021

Town Hall General Building Policies

Our policies are designed to support everyone’s safety at Town Hall, and our community code of conduct aims to help everyone feels welcome, included, and able to take part in our collective creativity and conversations.

Building Policies:

  • Town Hall is on privately owned property; firearms and weapons of any kind are strictly prohibited regardless of licenses or permits.
  • In accordance with Washington state law RCW 70.160, Town Hall is a non-smoking facility and the use of tobacco products, vaporizers, or e-cigarettes are prohibited. 
  • Service animals are welcome at Town Hall; pets and other animals are not permitted.
  • Acts of disruption, protest, violence, threats, personal attacks, and any other actions construed as intending to disturb or harm Town Hall’s guests, staff, operations, or property will result in immediate ejection from the premises.
  • Guests are not allowed to bring their own alcohol, and any alcohol purchased at Town Hall must be consumed in a safe and responsible manner. Town Hall staff will refuse sale to impaired or underage guests.
  • Please refrain from bringing yard signs into Town Hall. Petitions and signature gathering initiatives are not allowed at Town Hall-produced events, and all petitioners will be directed to the public sidewalk. (If you represent a community group that would like to table at a Town Hall-produced program, please see our tabling guidelines.) 
  • We ask that event attendees please refrain from wearing strong perfumes in consideration of our scent sensitive patrons.

Town Hall staff may intervene where necessary to help ensure that the above expectations are met. Guests who choose not to abide by these policies will be subject to ejection and may also be in violation of city ordinances resulting in possible arrest and prosecution.

Community Code of Conduct

We believe that, together, we can model the kind of society we want to share. Therefore, we ask ourselves to embrace curiosity, engage thoughtfully with complicated conversations, maintain space for differing points of view, remain open to continual learning, and–above all–to treat one another with respect and kindness. 

Alongside this approach to creating a welcoming space, we want to make several tenets explicit:

  • Hate speech is prohibited on our stages and within our spaces. Hate speech is speech that attacks, threatens, or insults a person or group on the basis of sex, gender, race, sexuality, disability, age, religion, country of origin or background. If you experience hate speech while visiting Town Hall, please speak to a member of our staff or e-mail us at equity@townhallseattle.org so that we can take action.
  • Harassment will not be tolerated. This includes, but is not limited to, intimidation or bullying, uninvited physical contact, stalking or following visitors, and verbal comments that reinforce systems of oppression (related to sex, gender, race, sexuality, disability, age, religion, background, or any other identity). If you experience harassment, please speak to a member of our staff or e-mail us at equity@townhallseattle.org so that we can take action.
  • When we disagree on a topic or are challenged by ideas, we’ll do so with empathy and civility. A wide breadth of perspectives, ideas, and philosophies are presented at Town Hall–and we value this diversity of thought. Town Hall exists as a non-partisan space where people can bring ideas into broad public consideration; we don’t expect to agree with every proposition or approach, but we agree to maintain empathy and civility when we disagree. Note: As outlined in the above bullets, an individual’s or community’s civil rights or humanity are never open to challenge.

Thank you! In partnership, we can create and nurture an inclusive environment where everyone’s voice can be heard.


For more information about our organization’s commitments to creating a welcoming environment, please see our Racial Equity Statement and Accessibility Statement

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