Reopening Update - MA moves to Phase III Step 2

We are providing the information below as an update to TCAN’s reopening plans, to directly address the recent September 29 announcement by Governor Charlie Baker that some COVID-19 restrictions are now relaxed for indoor performing arts venues.

Effective Oct 5, 2020 the Commonwealth of Massachusetts approved “Lower Risk communities” (as provided in COVID-19 Order No. 51) to advance to Phase III Step 2 of the reopening process.

With this announcement, Natick, as an identified “Lower Risk community” in Massachusetts based on an average daily case rate below 4 cases per 100,000 residents, may proceed to Phase III Step 2 of the reopening. This stage of the reopening allows indoor and outdoor venues in Natick to open for public performances at up to 50% capacity, or 250 persons, whichever is less.

However – it is important to understand that, in addition to the easing of capacity restrictions, TCAN must also follow certain mandatory safety standards as set by the Commonwealth in order to host public events at these new capacity limits. The complete documentation for these safety standards for theaters and performance venues can be found here:

MA Theaters and Performance Venues Protocol Summary

Highlights – Mandatory Safety Standards for Indoor Venues

  • Singing is not permitted in indoor performances
  • Seating must ensure 6 feet distancing between groups
  • Patron group sizes may not exceed 6 people
  • Occupancy is limited to 50% of capacity, not to exceed 250 persons
  • Audience must wear face coverings when not eating or drinking

Based on the occupancy permit on record for The Center for Arts in Natick, and the safety standards above, these are the current capacity limits for our two venues:

  Max Occupancy Seated 50% Occupancy Socially Distanced
1st Floor 426 persons 280 seats 213 persons 118 persons
2nd Floor 139 persons 120 seats 70 persons 48 persons

The net impact of this most recent guidance is that, unfortunately, TCAN must continue to suspend currently scheduled live performances for the general public. 

Public movie screenings and private cinema rentals at TCAN are permitted to continue, now at an expanded capacity of 40 persons. For pricing and information on private cinema rentals, please visit this page.

We look forward to reopening for public performances as soon as it is safe to do so. TCAN relies on support from individuals, foundations and local businesses for financial support so we can be prepared to reopen in the future. If you’re interested in assisting us at this time, we need your help – please visit this page to see Ten Ways You Can Support TCAN Now.

Thanks for your support and let’s all stay healthy and safe.

David Lavalley
Executive Director