Upon hearing Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s decision to lift COVID-19 restrictions, Artpark & Company has changed its coronavirus policies for 2021.
On Wednesday, the venue announced that, following review of the state’s easing or removal of many COVID-19 restrictions for businesses and outdoor entertainment venues – and upon consultation with the Office of New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation – it will remove current venue restrictions for its season events, effective immediately.
Proof of vaccination will no longer be required to attend events in Artpark venues. Guests will also not be asked to complete a health screening questionnaire or temperature check upon arrival. Social distancing will no longer be mandated, and vaccinated patrons will not be required to wear facial coverings.
Patrons who are not fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask whenever social distancing cannot be maintained (indoors or outdoors). Those who are not feeling well at the time of an event are also discouraged from entering the park, regardless of vaccination status.
The Artpark Amphitheater event season opens with the Strawberry Moon Festival this Saturday. A celebration of the Indigenous cultures of the Niagara Region begins at 4 p.m. and features storytelling, music, dance, arts and crafts.
A press release said the event “encourages a spirit of inclusion and community; an antidote to the separation many have felt during the pandemic. The festival offers an ideal transition as the region starts to experience more of a return to prepandemic life and larger public gatherings for live performances.”
Featured musical artists include Martha Redbone Roots Project, Lakota John, Charly Lowry, and Western New York native Tonemah. The festival also offers a smoke dance competition. Tickets are $7 and are available at ticketmaster.com and at the door.
The press release noted, “Artpark has intentionally planned for primarily reduced capacity/attendance events for this summer. Therefore, guests who may not feel comfortable gathering with larger numbers of other people of unknown vaccination status should still have the benefit of social distancing if they so desire. The outdoor expanse of Artpark’s grounds also makes for a safe and comfortable visitor experience.
“Artpark’s 2021 season offers an incredible range and diversity of experiences for all ages, including rock, pop, jazz, Indigenous, country, classical and new music; ‘Sonic Trails’ mobile app; modern dance; Artpark Theatre Academy, visual arts and music and soccer camps; ‘Free Family Saturdays’; outdoor movies; Cirque performances; art installations; theater/performance art and more. A current schedule of events is available here.”
Venue admission policies may change over the course of the summer if New York state and Centers for Disease Control guidance further evolves. For Artpark venue guide and other frequently asked questions, visit here.
Visit Artpark’s website to see more announcements in the coming weeks.