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The arts are alive and well in Costa Mesa, California, at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. But how safe and healthy are you?

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In the City of the Arts, Segerstrom Center for the Arts is taking every precaution necessary to help keep their patrons safe and healthy during these unprecedented times. Read along to discover what it’s like to go to a performance in 2021 at Segerstrom Center for the Arts.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ Safety Policy (as of July 8, 2022)

Segerstrom Center for the Arts will no longer require proof of a negative COVID-19 test or vaccination for entry to most performances.

Though masks are also not required for performances, Segerstrom Center for the Arts strongly recommend guests 2+ years of age wear masks consistent with CDC guidelines (completely covering the nose, mouth, and under the chin) while inside the venues and public spaces when not actively eating or drinking.

Remember that the safety policies are subject to change at any time.

Air Quality at Segerstrom Center for the Arts

  • They exceed the CDC recommended filtration recommendations with MERV-14 filters.
  • Their state-of-the-art air handling systems are operating to full design capabilities to maximize the number of fresh air exchanges per hour.

Enhanced Cleaning Procedures at Segerstrom Center for the Arts

  • They have implemented rigorous cleaning procedures that follow CDC guidelines for cleaning.
  • Segerstrom Center for the Arts pays special attention to high traffic areas, frequently touched surfaces, like doorknobs, railings, elevator buttons, and restrooms, which are sanitized with increased frequency.
  • Segerstrom Center for the Arts is committed to achieving Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC) STAR™ accreditation, the gold standard for prepared facilities.

Touchless Environment at Segerstrom Center for the Arts

  • All tickets will be delivered to your mobile device to reduce touchpoints.
  • The sale of food and drink may be minimized or eliminated and when available purchases will be made by contactless payment or card purchases only.
  • Select doors may be propped open.
  • Touchless flush valves and faucets have been installed in all restrooms.
  • We have installed hand sanitizers throughout the campus including the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza.
  • Since everything can’t be touchless, we encourage everyone to wash their hands frequently and to use the hand sanitizer stations located throughout our campus.

My Experience Visiting Segerstrom Center for the Arts

The spacious and sanitized bathrooms at Segerstrom Hall (c) The Joyous Living

On October 23, 2021, I attended Kristin Chenoweth’s concert in the gorgeous Segerstrom Hall that seats almost 3,000 people! The sheer number of potential attendees was a bit overwhelming considering we live in a day and age of social distancing. However, upon reading and re-reading the safety policy I definitely felt more comfortable.

Wearing KN-95 mask and equipped with a bottle of hand sanitizer in my purse, I paid my $12 (cash only) for parking in the garage and walked across the bridge to the gorgeous Segerstrom Hall. Before reaching the hall, I saw a gentleman who was checking vaccination cards.

People were trying to crowd around him and flash him their cards but he asked them all to form a queue so it would go smoother. Finally, we went through a bag check and metal detectors before arriving at the front doors. I showed the usher my QR code for my ticket (sadly there was poor Wifi so I had to use 4G to access the ticket code) and was welcomed inside the beautiful hall.

Once inside, I noticed that most everyone was wearing a mask properly and if they were not that the ushers were kindly reminding them to obey the rules. The worse offenders were those who had the mask down below their nose. Also, I was gratified to see that people were able to keep their distance due to the size of the lobby.

After using the restroom that was spacious and not at all crowded [see photo above], I went into the hall itself. Despite people being seated next to strangers, I felt refreshingly safe. Ushers were on the alert for folks who weren’t wearing masks and when the announcement was made about the masks you should have heard the cheer from the audience with hearty applause.

Orange County apparently is eager for the arts to return and will do whatever is necessary including wearing a mask for a couple hours!

Future Segerstrom Center for the Arts Events

I hope if you are vaccinated and healthy that you too will consider going out to Segerstrom Center for the Arts one evening this year!

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