COVID-19 Update

Northrop Event COVID-19 Preparedness Plan
Students sit on lawn with Northrop in the background. Both students are wearing masks and sitting six feet apart.

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Northrop has taken a number of safety precautions and is following all state and University of Minnesota requirements now that it has reopened. Guests can be assured their health and safety are top priorities and staff have been thoroughly trained and are following the latest protocols. This plan continues to updated as needed and this page reflects those changes.

State of Minnesota Updated Guidelines May 28, 2021

Effective Through Jun 30, 2021

  • Northrop works very closely with the University of Minnesota’s Energy Management on HVAC protocols for the venue and has an updated system following the building’s 2014 reopening.
  • Northrop’s HVAC system is programmed to run continuously to increase total room ventilation and to ventilate per ASHRAE 62.1-2019 Table 6-1. Outdoor air ventilation will be increased beyond ASHRAE 62.1-2019 Table 6-1.
  • Northrop’s demand control ventilation (DCV) and occupancy sensor ventilation controls are disabled.
  • Northrop improved filtration to MERV-13 in accordance with the University’s recommended timeline.

  • Northrop works very closely with University of Minnesota’s Facilities Management on cleaning protocols for the venue. FM is performing enhanced cleaning for public spaces, including: 

    • Each building entry lobby area and venue entrances have a wall mount or stand mount hand sanitizer dispenser installed and refilled regularly.
    • High-touchpoint areas such as door push bars, door handles, stair railings, elevator buttons, and other areas are cleaned daily.
    • Drinking fountains and water bottle filling stations are cleaned daily.
    • Restrooms are cleaned daily.
    • Vending machines are wiped down daily.
  • Facilities Management is cleaning the venue more frequently using approved cleaning supplies.
  • Facilities Management uses electrostatic sprayers to clean the theater seats, locker rooms, and other areas efficiently. These tools wrap surfaces 360 degrees.
  • On days with two performances, a minimum of one hour between shows is required for cleaning per the test that FM has completed.
  • Additional trash cans are placed throughout the lobbies to minimize the travel necessary to reach one.
  • Trash cans are placed at each restroom entrance.
  • Hand sanitizer stations are located inside each building entrance, backstage, and near the vending machine on the Ground Floor West Side.

  • Staff and visitors attending in-person events are asked to self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms using the Stay Safe MN Visitor and Employee Health Screening Checklist. This checklist is included in the pre-event email, and posted at venue entrances. Upon arrival at Northrop, staff and visitors will be asked to verbally confirm that they have read the Health Screening Checklist and can respond “No” to all questions. Staff and visitors who answer “Yes” to any of the screening questions are advised to go home, stay away from other people, and contact their health care provider.  
  • Covid-19 vaccines are being administered across Minnesota. Get vaccinated when it is your turn. Even after a person has recovered from COVID-19 or is fully vaccinated they should still continue to stay distanced, wash their hands often, and follow other precautions. For more information, see the MDH COVID-19 Vaccine webpage.
  • Staff and visitors exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 during their visit will be asked to leave the venue.
  • Staff and visitors who are fully vaccinated are not required to wear masks. The definition of fully vaccinated is two weeks following the second Pfizer or Moderna dose or two weeks after the single Johnson and Johnson dose. Vaccinated patrons who voluntarily wish to wear a mask are welcome to do so.
  • Staff and visitors who are not fully vaccinated are strongly encouraged to wear a well-fitted mask covering both the nose and mouth at all times in the building, unless they are under the age of two or it is not recommended for health or physical ability reasons. Face coverings may be temporarily removed while eating or drinking and physical distancing must be maintained.
  • If staff and visitors arrive without a mask and wish to wear one, masks are available at the box office.
  • Staff and visitors are reminded to wash hands often, get tested, stay home when ill or exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, and maintain physical distancing.  These reminders are placed on signage throughout the facility and included in the pre-event email.
  • Northrop’s written communications and tickets will encourage staff and visitors who experience COVID-19 symptoms within 14 days of a visit to Northrop to get tested and contact the Minnesota Department of Health if they test positive to facilitate contact tracing. Northrop will cooperate fully with University policy and the Minnesota Department of Health for this purpose.

  • Ticket purchases are encouraged to be completed prior to arriving at Northrop. However, walk-up sales will be permitted and patrons can purchase tickets at either the East or West Box Office while maintaining physical distancing. 
  • Patrons are encouraged to pre-purchase parking to minimize contact at parking facilities.
  • All patrons are strongly encouraged to use mobile tickets, delivered to their personal devices. 
  • Northrop’s policies and guidelines are clearly posted on the ticketing site for review during the ticket purchasing process.
  • Northrop is using floor decals to demarcate the Box Office lines and ensure 6-foot physical distancing between patrons while waiting.

Plan Administrator:

Kari Schloner, Director of Northrop


Northrop’s Re-Opening Committee:

Ken Hahn, Brad Kern, Cari Hatcher, Bridget Reddan, David Russell, Megan Sangster, Julie Strothman, Trisha Taylor