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Gallagher-Bluedorn closes building to public until further notice amid coronavirus concerns

UPDATE: March 17, 2020

The Gallagher-Bluedorn has announced it will be closing the building to the public until further notice. This includes UNItix box offices located within the Gallagher Bluedorn and the McLeod Center.

Questions can be directed to 319-273-4849 or via email: tickets@uni.edu.

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UPDATE: March 16, 2020

The Gallagher-Bluedorn has announced they'll be suspending all public events through April 6.

This postpones the following performances:

  • Tuesday, March 31 - Beautiful - The Carole King Musical
  • Wednesday, April 1 - Beautiful - The Carole King Musical

The center asks that, if patrons have tickets to one of the postponed events, they await the announcement of new dates before making a decision about exchanging or refunding their tickets.

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Original story: March 10, 2020

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (KWWL) - Leadership at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center on the University of Northern Iowa campus sent out a notice to their patrons Tuesday about the steps they're taking amid coronavirus concerns.

The following measures are being taken:

  • Increased frequency of disinfecting contact surfaces during events
  •  ​Training all staff in vigilant hand washing
  • Increasing the cleaning and sanitizing frequency of the all public areas of the GBPAC including all restrooms
  • Having event staff open doors for guests whenever possible
  • Monitoring closely the health of our staff and volunteers and enforcing a strict stay home policy for anyone showing any symptoms of illness 

The center is also asking the patrons to follow "the same vigilance" and asking anyone who has symptoms of illness to not attend an event. They're offering full credit to use for this or next season's shows, after the virus passes. They are also offering refunds.

The notice ends with:

"Entertainment, music and community play a very important role in facilitating the experience of happiness and joy in a busy, challenging world, as well as a respite from the daily pressures of news, politics and the strife of the world. We feel a strong responsibility that the shows must go on, not just for ourselves, but to be that community gathering spot, the town hall, to provide that comfort and space. We will meet this challenge as the arts meet all challenges, by putting people first and creating safe experiences that bring us closer - even if we need to reduce handshakes and hugs for a bit."

Visit the Gallagher-Bluedorn website here: http://www.gbpac.com/

Abby Turpin

Evening Anchor

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