Effective Feb. 12, the state of Oregon lowered Deschutes County to the High Risk level. While in this category, the Tower is allowed to host a maximum of 50 patrons. It can be rented for private events, screenings and meetings. Contact email@example.com for rates and dates. Ticket holders of public shows will be notified by email if their upcoming program will proceed, be rescheduled or cancelled.
If you have any questions please contact the Box Office by phone at 541-317-0700, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We hope you recognize the profound impact COVID-19 is having on the staff, crew and operations of the nonprofit Tower Theatre Foundation. Rather than a refund, please consider one of these ways to help sustain the performing arts during this difficult time:
COVID Plans and Procedures
As Central Oregon reopens, the Tower Theatre Foundation is taking a careful and cautious approach to restart venue operations, and establish responsible best practices essential to the safe return of patrons, artists, volunteers and staff.
The Tower’s relaunch plan adheres to the guidance from Governor Brown, the Oregon Health Authority, and the Deschutes County Health Services.
employee, volunteers, and artistic PERSONNEL:
Required to wear face coverings (artists not during productions)
Mandated to practice rigorous and regular hand hygiene, and social distancing protocols
Trained on COVID-19 safety and sanitation measures
Prohibited from working if showing any symptoms of ill-health
patron and guests:
Required to wear a mask unless actively eating or drinking while seated (self-provided or available from venue)
Required to follow social distancing and operational directives determined by the venue
Requested to use hand sanitizer stations and dispensers easily accessed throughout the venue
COVID-19 venue operations:
Seating capacity limited to conform to state guidelines, max 80 patrons
Ingress and egress traffic lanes in lobby and auditorium clearly marked
Touchless ticket scanning at entrances - Please have your ticket barcode available
Lobby floors and auditorium aisles marked to indicate social distancing requirements
Patrons dismissed from performances by section to avoid crowding at exits
Intermissions limited or, whenever possible, eliminated all together
Acrylic protective panels erected at Box Office and Concessions
Printed and digital signage posted with instructions, reminders, and venue protocols
Regular inspection of HVAC units and replacement of air filters
Second floor restroom capacities reduced; all lavatories cleaned and disinfected before and after events
Building cleaned and disinfected following every event, particularly high-touch contact points in public and backstage areas
Event and House Manager and Ushers to serve as physical distancing monitors
For months in quarantine, we "stayed home and stayed safe" to slow the spread of COVID-19. Now, with proper relaunch plans in place, the Tower is ready and excited to again provide experiences and performances that inspire and entertain us, benefit Bend's downtown economy, and (even with limited capacity) re-connect us as a community.
PLEASE NOTE: 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. By entering the Tower Theatre's facilities, employees and patrons voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.
Sample Seating Chart with 80 Patrons
COVID Traffic Flow Plan
Regular venue policies:
- Enjoy our drinks and concession items and leave your refreshments and food at home
- Keep the venue free of any weapon considered threatening by the general public
- Place personal items under your seat; all bags subject to search
- Please turn off or silence your cell phone
- Experience the performance through your own eyes instead of your phone, camera, iPad or other electronic device
- Licensed Service Animals are welcome
- Maintain our drug-free, smoke-free setting; no paraphernalia, cigarettes, vape pens or e-cigs
- Once you’re at the theatre, please stay in the building