Ensemble Theatre Temporarily Suspends Shows
Amid the increasing public health threat of virus, identified as COVID-19, Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati (ETC) is temporarily suspending all performances, events, and community programs, effective immediately. Although no confirmed cases of the virus have yet been identified in Hamilton County, Ohio as of this announcement, this decision comes as a response to mounting national concern regarding the outbreak.
ETC's highest priority is to safeguard the well-being of its patrons, performers, volunteers, and staff and to support local officials, public health authorities, and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in minimizing the virus's impact as much as possible.
The theatre is working to identify dates to reschedule its shows and ticket holders for upcoming performances will be contacted. Additionally, ETC will be relaxing its exchange policies and waive all fees to find suitable solutions for its patrons.
"While it pains our organization tremendously to put space between live theatre and its audiences, after hours of conversations internally, with our board, and with local leaders, we feel that this step is necessary and in the best interest of our community," explains Producing Artistic Director D. Lynn Meyers. "Our thoughts right now are with the individuals and families who have been affected. Thank you for your understanding and assistance during this time, and we encourage everyone to support one another during this time of national uneasiness."
In the interim, ETC encourages continuing standard precautions, including frequent hand washing, avoiding touching eyes, nose, and mouth, as well avoiding close contact with people who are sick and anyone feeling ill to remain home as much as possible.