Community Health First

UPDATE: March 9, 2022

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 Central Minnesota arts organizations adjust Covid-19 requirements 

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Central Minnesota arts organizations, including the Paramount Center for the Arts, GREAT Theatre, the Fine Arts Series at the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University and the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra, have been following CDC guidelines to provide the safest experience for their patrons, artists, teachers, staff and volunteers. As these organizations continue to navigate challenging conditions in presenting the arts to our community, their mitigation strategies have adjusted to reflect the latest recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Each organization remains committed to providing performances and artistic opportunities for Central Minnesotans, with a focus on live, in-person experiences. 

On Friday, February 25, 2022, the CDC announced updated metrics for Covid-19 community levels and a new tool to help communities decide what prevention steps to take based on the latest data. According to the CDC, “With [increasing] levels of vaccination and high levels of population immunity from both vaccination and infections, the risk of medically significant disease, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19 is greatly reduced for most people.” 

Today, the Paramount Center for the Arts, GREAT Theatre, Fine Arts Programming at CSB/SJU, and the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra have announced that they will be dialing back their Covid mitigation strategies. Implementation of their new guidelines will begin at varying dates (below). Proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test will no longer be required. Out of concern for those who may be immunocompromised or have underlying health concerns, the mask requirement will be changed to “Masks Strongly Recommended.” Patrons are encouraged to stay up to date with their Covid-19 vaccines and get tested if they have symptoms. 

These changes will go into effect at the Paramount Center for the Arts on March 11, followed by the Fine Arts Series at CSB/SJU on March 18, GREAT Theatre on March 21, and the St. Cloud Symphony on April 22. Patrons who currently hold tickets for future events will be notified by email of the changes. Questions should be directed to the organizations where tickets are held. 

While public health guidelines shift, the organizations may adjust their policies to meet contractual agreements, mitigate risk and help ensure their events go on as planned. The consortium will continue to refer to the CDC and medical experts and communicate changes to patrons as they arise. 

Each of these organizations have a diverse roster of performances and events scheduled for the upcoming months. For more information on their Covid policies and upcoming events, please visit: