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Japanese Theatre Screens All Audience Temperatures In Response To Coronavirus & Denies Entry If Over 37.5 Celsius

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The theatre is offering refunds to anyone who is denied entry due to potential illness.

Parco Stage Theatre in Japan, which presents musicals, opera, concerts and more has announced they will screen theatre goers with infrared thermometers as they enter the theatre for upcoming performances. The theatre is set to present the stage musical Singin' In The Rain later this year.

In a statement the theatre wrote: "We will conduct a screening of the body temperature of visitors using infrared thermography. Depending on the [...] result, the body temperature will be measured again and entry will be refused if the temperature is higher than 37.5 ° C. If applicable, tickets will be refunded."

New York theatres are bracing for the potential impact of the virus, with both Actors' Equity and The Broadway League releasing statements.

As the threat of virus continues to grow around the world, the Broadway League has issued an updated statement to keep theatregoers informed:

The Broadway League is closely monitoring the evolving virus situation on behalf of the Broadway community. The safety and security of our theatregoers and employees is our highest priority. We are following the lead of our city, state and federal elected officials as we implement strategies recommended by public health authorities and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in all of our theatres and offices as all productions continue to play as scheduled. We have significantly increased the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting in all public and backstage areas beyond the standard daily schedule, and we have added alcohol-based sanitizer dispensers for public use in the lobby of every theatre. We invite patrons to make use of soap, paper towels, and tissues available in all restrooms. We remain vigilant, and we are prepared to make decisions based on current recommendations, as well as in response to changing conditions.

Anyone who is experiencing cold or flu symptoms, or who is not feeling well, is encouraged to stay home and contact the point of purchase for more information about ticket exchanges and policies.

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