Face coverings are strongly encouraged inside the Performing Arts Center.
The Performing Arts Center expects to resume regular operations in fall 2021 with a full season of professional concerts and student performances. Per updated guidelines released by the University System of Georgia on May 13, 2021, social distancing and face coverings are no longer required for people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. However, masks are strongly encouraged for all people in indoor settings. Unvaccinated individuals are strongly encouraged to continue socially distancing from others when possible and wear a face covering while inside campus facilities. We strongly encourage all people to get fully vaccinated as soon as possible. As an entity of the University of Georgia, the Performing Arts Center must adhere to COVID-19 protocols as established by the university and the University System of Georgia and will update our protocols if/when they are modified by UGA and/or the USG.
Patrons are encouraged to purchase tickets online or via telephone, rather than in person, and to utilize mobile ticket delivery to avoid direct contact with box office personnel.
Touchless faucets and soap dispensers have been installed in all restrooms.
Hand sanitizer stations and hard surface wipes have been placed throughout the building.
UGA has ensured that all custodial staff have been trained on more stringent cleaning standards, with particular attention to common use areas, restrooms, and high-touch surfaces on a routine basis. In addition, they have been trained on personal safety measures and are using CDC-recommended and EPA-certified cleaning practices and disinfectants, which will be accelerated as needed before events of any size. Electrostatic sprayers are being used to drench the ambient air and all surfaces with the disinfectant Bioesque, a broad-spectrum product which disinfects, sanitizes, cleans, and deodorizes in one step, and is safe for everyday use. In accordance with ISSA recommendations, there will be a prescribed surface dwell time before the concert halls are opened for re-entry.
The Performing Arts Center’s air conditioning systems operate continuously. All systems utilize 2” MERV 6 pre-filters and MERV 13 bag filters. The building units are equipped with an air side economizer function that increases ventilation to provide free cooling when ambient weather conditions are appropriate. The units are scheduled to operate continuously, consistent with FMD’s COVID-19 response plan. The air change rate for Hodgson Concert Hall brings in approximately 30% more fresh air ventilation than is required by present code.
(Note 8.20.21: we had previously published on this page that our air handling system includes UV lights. However, this was a mistake and is not accurate. We apologize for this miscommunication.)
Do not enter the Performing Arts Center if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, have exhibited symptoms of COVID-19, or had contact with a person that has or is suspected to have COVID-19 within the past fourteen (14) days.
Flexible ticketing will be in place for all performances occurring through December 2021. Patrons may exchange tickets for another performance (including those in spring 2022) or receive a full refund until 12:00 pm on the day of the performance, if occurring on a weekday, or by Friday at 5:00 pm if occurring on a weekend.