Theaters and Performing Arts

Phase 4

The Revitalization Phase of the Restore Illinois public health approach to reopening the Illinois economy includes larger gathering sizes, additional businesses reopening and increased capacities. We must all continue to social distance, frequently wash our hands and cover our faces to maintain progress in overcoming COVID-19.

The following documents apply to businesses that meet the following criteria:

  • Seated theaters, cinemas, and performing arts centers primarily engaged in showing live or pre-recorded performances
  • Examples of productions shown by theaters and cinema businesses include (non-exhaustive): plays, musicals, orchestras, operas, comedy/ improvisational shows, movies, pre-recorded events
  • These guidelines apply to ticketed events with seating available for all customers; general admission shows and/or events without seating (e.g., standing room only) are not permitted at this time
  • Note: Organizations that operate across multiple workplace environments should refer to applicable Phase IV guidelines for guidance on those workplaces
  • Note: As of release, indoor theaters and performing arts venues should operate at lesser of 50 guests OR 50% of overall theater or performance space capacity. Outdoor theaters and performing arts venues should operate at 20% of overall theater or performance space capacity. Capacity restrictions and group sizes will be reassessed based on the latest science and public health metrics on an ongoing basis throughout Phase IV
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Industry Guidelines

Read the full guidelines for reopening and recommended best practices.

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Industry Posters (Graphic)

Visual snapshot of key guidelines to print and post in public or employee areas.

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Industry Posters (Text)

Shortened guidelines to share and/or print and post in employee areas.

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Industry Checklists

Complete these before you reopen.

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Social Media

A series of graphics for you to use on your social channels.

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Industry Toolkit

This toolkit contains all of the materials on this page in one place.

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Signage Resources

Keep your workers safe in the workplace and limit the spread of COVID-19 with these helpful signs.