Vaccination and proof of vaccination status are now required for all RISE Comedy guests, students, performers and staff.
In looking at the numbers and sprawling variants it’s become obvious that hard decisions will need to be made to avoid another shutdown and protect our community and staff from future infections. The data is showing that the unvaccinated are in danger in our space and that the unvaccinated increase the danger for our staff and community.
It’s with this in mind that we announce that Monday morning, we’re adopting a building wide policy of only admitting folks who are fully vaccinated into RISE Comedy. This includes patrons, performers, students and staff. We are also asking any staff who are working/volunteering during performances to do so in a mask. This decision will be accompanied by signage saying that masks are recommended and appreciated for all patrons as well as a signage that indicates that proof of vaccination will be required to enter.
We know the effectiveness of masks relies upon overwhelming buy in from those in attendance, we also know the more people in masks, encourages more people in masks. As of now, performers will not be required to wear masks during their performances, but they are welcome to wear one if they want. Our official mask policy for non-performers is that they are recommended and appreciated but not mandated as of yet.
This policy will be in place indefinitely until the risks to and from the unvaccinated are mitigated to acceptable levels.
Every person who purchases a ticket or class online will have to indicate that they’re aware and understand they will need to prove they’re vaccinated (as well as all members of their party) in order to enter, we will accept hard copies of vaccination cards as well as pictures of a finished vaccination card. Also keep in mind, your final shot will need to have happened 2 weeks before the date of the show you’re there to attend or perform in.
We understand this decision will have its detractors but with the proper exemptions, we’re 100% certain that we’re within our legal rights as owners of a privately owned business to make this decision. We are offering full refunds or credits for a safer time to any patron or student that this decision restricts from entering our space. We know there are good reasons to not get a vaccine but inaction on our parts would endanger our business, our greater community and the lives of our patrons, performers, students and staff.
Please help yourself, your neighbors and local businesses like ours by getting vaccinated.