Many local stages requiring masks to attend
WNYT reports that several Capital Region arts venues have banded together, and are all mandating that anyone attending their live events wears a mask. The Delta variant of COVID-19 is spreading locally and nationally, and in some places cases are more widespread than last summer when there were no vaccines available. Hudson Hall, commonly known as the Hudson Opera House, is one of the venues with the mask mandate. The Palace Theatre, Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, and Cohoes Music Hall are also on the list. “While we have been pleased, in recent months, to begin reopening our doors to audiences, we must all acknowledge that the pandemic continues. Patron, artist, and staff safety is our top priority, and we have collectively decided, given the recent increased virus caseload in our region, to follow guidance from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and require that patrons wear masks at indoor events at our venues, effective immediately,” a statement from the venues read. Other local venues are following their own policies. In Catskill, The Avalon Lounge website now says, "Entry to events in the performance space will require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test from the past 72 hours." The Colony Cafe in Woodstock is holding many events outside, but has a similar policy for indoor shows. Their website says, "Due to the current and developing COVID situation, all Colony indoor events will allow vaccinated persons only and masks will be required." Other local music stages are more vague about their policy. Basilica Hudson is hosting local singer-songwriter Emily Ritz Sept. 2, but the webpage for the event has no reference to any COVID-19-related rules. Read more about this story at the WNYT website.