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Giving you entertainment and peace of mind in 2021

Posted On Jan 5, 2021, 14:45 PM by Dara Hogan

It’s 2021 and we know you’re eager to see a performance. We’re excited to welcome you back to the Holland Performing Arts Center and Orpheum Theater soon. You also might be wondering what it will be like to experience entertainment safely at our venues. Since March 2020, we’ve been working diligently to ensure that we’re protecting the health and safety of our patrons, staff, artists, volunteers and community. 

We’ve taken steps to improve our air quality, shows have a limited seating capacity for social distancing and masks are required at our venues. We've also added live streaming options for some performances. Learn more here

As a reminder, the following changes have been implemented at Omaha Performing Arts:  

  • Heating and Cooling System – Upgrades to air handling units includes bipolar ionization filtering out viruses through ventilation 

  • Staff Precautions – Staff and volunteers are required to wear face masks and receive temperature checks. Anyone with a temperature above 100° or experiencing symptoms will not be permitted on-site 

  • Touchless Experience – Faster and more efficient entry into the venues with touchless security checks, mobile ticketing, ticket scanning and cashless transactions 

  • Enhanced Cleaning & Sanitation – Electrostatic technology disinfecting large common areas, enhanced sanitizing of high touch surfaces with hospital grade disinfectant and hand sanitizing stations throughout the venues 

You can also witness these changes in our safety video. In September 2020, O-pa held some of its first indoor events since closing in March 2020 due to COVID-19.  We’re pleased to report that patrons and artists visiting our venues have felt safe attending.   

“We had an amazing experience at Omaha’s Holland Performing Arts Center. It’s a gorgeous theater with terrific sound, the perfect vibe for a traveling rock band. The entire staff and sound crew were professional, accommodating and fun to work with, and their care and concern for our safety during this pandemic instilled a confidence that enabled us to focus on our performance. I look forward to the next time we will be able to perform on that stage!” -Brian Vander Ark / The Verve Pipe  

“I felt really safe with the social distancing in the bar area and once I got in the concert hall.” -Anonymous patron  

We will continue to make the safety of everyone who visits our venues a priority. 
If you have not been to the Holland Center or Orpheum Theater in a while it might be helpful to take a look at these two articles: What to expect returning to the Holland Performing Arts Center and What to expect returning to the Orpheum Theater.  We’re excited about what this year has to offer and we look forward to your return.