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In-Person Attendance & Building Guidelines
These policies are subject to change at any time without prior notice.
Last updated: 7/26/2021
Entry into Town Hall will be allowed under the following conditions:
- Staff must complete a wellness screening prior to entering the building for a shift.
- We ask that anyone with symptoms (that are not otherwise attributable to another condition like allergies) do not come to the building in person.
- In accordance with King County’s mask directive as of 7/26/21, and out of an abundance of caution and respect for those persons who are immunocompromised or unable to receive a vaccine, facial coverings are still required at Town Hall. Mesh masks, face shields without masks underneath, scarves, bandanas, and neck gaiters are not permitted.
- Audience capacity: Town Hall reserves the right to keep the first three rows of seating vacant, in order to widen the distance from the (potentially unmasked) performers onstage to the audience.
- Physical distancing is encouraged, but not required, except when eating or drinking.
Onstage requirements, regardless of discipline:
- If vaccinated speakers would like to be unmasked while onstage, each must provide proof of vaccination and use their own microphone. Participants may share a microphone, but must remain masked in that case.
- Only vaccinated individuals may remove their masks onstage, and some physical distancing will be required (a minimum of three feet), when participants are unmasked onstage.
- At this time, eating inside the building is not allowed. Drinking is acceptable as long as masks are replaced directly afterward.
Gov. Jay Inslee advises Washingtonians and others visiting Washington to comply with the
Center for Disease Control’s current COVID-19 travel advisory guidance.
Here are the steps Town Hall is taking to protect your health and ours:
- All Town Hall staff members are vaccinated, and will also continue to wear masks at work for the time being.
- In addition to following usual cleaning and sanitizing at an increased frequency, door knobs, crash bars, bathroom doors, faucets, and other hard surfaces are being sanitized regularly, and as many internal doors as possible will remain open throughout the venue.
- Touch-free hand sanitizer stations have been installed at the entrances and hand sanitizer dispensers are located throughout the facility.
- Brand-new (2019) modern HVAC system incorporates increased air circulation and capability for fresh air intake. Filters throughout the building have been upgraded to MERV-13s, and are replaced on a regular maintenance schedule.
- All staff who suspect they are not well or that have come into contact with the virus will not be working, and we also ask participants and patrons to stay home if not feeling well.
- If notified of a case of COVID-19, Town Hall will work to alert those who may have been in contact with the person testing positive.
- Staff is working diligently to keep these guidelines updated in accordance with CDC and State recommendations and guidance from a local public health expert. All participants must agree to defer to Town Hall staff in upholding these guidelines.
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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com 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.