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Minnesota Orchestra Concert Health and Safety Protocols

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The Minnesota Orchestra is delighted to welcome you back! Based on guidance from health authorities and appropriate government agencies we are approaching our concert offerings in phases. Our first performances will be offered outside on Peavey Plaza as a special thank you to cancelled  August concert ticket holders. It may be different than your last visit—but we promise to deliver an outstanding musical experience.

Top Things You Should Know

Reservation Required

The Thank You chamber concerts on Peavey Plaza require a reservation and RSVP. Maximum capacity is 250.

Face Coverings

Face coverings are required for all guests, musicians, and staff.

Pre-Concert Screenings

A one-minute yes/no symptom screening is required. If you are symptomatic, please stay safe at home.

Our top priority is the health and safety of our guests, musicians and staff.
Here are the changes you can expect to see at our outdoor concert offerings in August:

Reduced Seating Capacities

Capacities will be reduced to 250 people or less (including musicians and staff) based on state guidelines. The event space is only accessible to pre-registered guests. Seating will be arranged in pairs only, with each pair at least six feet apart from any surrounding seat.

Enhanced Cleaning Procedures

The Minnesota Orchestra Facilities team implemented new cleaning protocols during June in accordance with CDC guidelines. These same strict cleaning regimes will be in place for our outdoor concert experiences as well. Common areas and high touch points will be routinely cleaned throughout the event with disinfectants recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Outdoor concert seats will be cleaned before and after every concert. Although Orchestra Hall is closed to the public, our restroom facilities will be open in conjunction with all outdoor concerts in August. The restrooms and surrounding spaces will be monitored closely for cleanliness and sanitized frequently throughout the evening for your safety. Orchestra Hall currently meets or exceeds all CDC recommended ventilation standards. Face coverings are required inside Orchestra Hall at all times.

Physical Distancing Standards

Directional signs and reminders will be posted throughout Peavey Plaza to guide audience members in maintaining a safe 6 feet physical distance before, during and after their concert. The event maximum is 250 individuals. Concert seating and surrounding spaces will be stanchioned off to maintain the 250 maximum capacity. After the concert, the Audience Services team will release attendees in small groups based on your section. Each group will have a separate departure path to exit the space.

Food and Beverage Offerings

We are delighted to provide a complimentary pre-concert beverage to all registered concert attendees. Beverages will be available for self-serve pick up on the Orchestra Hall outdoor patio facing Peavey Plaza (just outside the Target Atrium). Selections will be minimal to ensure shortened lines. To reduce contact, no food will be available. Additionally, complimentary bottled water will be available adjacent to the seating area. We ask that patrons only consume beverages in the seating area, where face coverings may be removed once the concert begins. 

EMT Available

The Minnesota Orchestra provides an on-site EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) at all events. The EMT will be available near the event entrance point for pre-concert health screening or temperature check should you need assistance. Disposable masks and hand sanitizer can be found at the EMT location.

Security Assistance

Audience Services team members receive on-going safety, security, and emergency preparedness training. As always with Minnesota Orchestra outdoor events on Peavey Plaza, outside security assistance is contracted for the entire concert schedule. Security will be present at all concerts and easily identifiable to guests. Peavey Plaza operations are managed by the non-profit organization Green Minneapolis. Minnesota Orchestra Audience Services managers collaborate with Green Minneapolis to coordinate security and to ensure safe events. Additionally, the Minnesota Orchestra adheres to any security requirements outlined by the City of Minneapolis as part of the event permitting process.

Inclement Weather

In the unfortunate case of inclement weather, the concert will be cancelled. We’ll share a decision to perform or cancel on our website no later than 4 p.m. on your concert date. Due to limited availability, cancelled concerts will not be rescheduled. In the event of a weather emergency, guests will be guided into Orchestra Hall in a safe space with ample room for physical distancing.

Minnesota Orchestra Musicians and Audience Services Team
Daily Health Screenings, Frequent Hand Washing/Sanitizing

Musicians, Audience Services Team members, and staff participate in daily health screenings and are expected to wash/sanitize their hands routinely while at Orchestra Hall. In accordance with municipality guidelines, everyone is required to wear face coverings. Employees of the Minnesota Orchestra do not attend work unless they are symptom-free and accommodations are in place for all employees should they need to stay home. The Minnesota Orchestra adheres to its strict Workplace Preparedness Plan. Every employee has received and reviewed the plan. A copy of the plan will be available at every event.

How Can You Help?

Pre-Concert Screening

Please do not attend a concert unless you have been symptom free for at least 72 hours. A pre-concert screening is required by state guidelines for small outdoor events. On the day of your reserved concert you will be asked to complete a private self-screen questionnaire via e-mail. This simple one-minute yes/no questionnaire screens for potential symptoms. If you are unable to complete the survey prior to arrival, you will be asked to complete the survey on your phone (or verbally with our on-site EMT) prior to entering the event space on Peavey Plaza.

If you answer “yes” to any of the symptom descriptions, we ask that you self-quarantine safely at home (per State of Minnesota small outdoor event guidelines) and not attend the concert.

Face Coverings Required

To protect yourself and others, and in accordance with municipality guidelines, everyone is required to wear face coverings at our outdoor concerts. If you don’t have a face covering upon arrival, disposable masks will be available at our EMT site. For the safety of all, we encourage you to keep your mask on throughout the concert. However, once you are seated and the concert has begun, you may remove your mask if needed because your seat location will be six feet away from others attending.

Frequent Hand Washing and Sanitizing

Take advantage of the hand sanitizing stations that will be available on Peavey Plaza. Orchestra Hall restrooms will also be available throughout the event for hand washing.

We hope you can join us for this special thank you concert. Minnesota Orchestra musicians cannot wait to share music with you again! If you have additional questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact us at 612-371-5656 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


COVID-19 Warning
An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the CDC, senior citizens and guests with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable. Visit the CDC web site for a complete list of people who need to take extra precautions. By attending a Minnesota Orchestra concert you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19. Help keep each other healthy.