COVID-19 Information

Merrill Auditorium Masking: Masks are currently REQUIRED as of May 20th.

The City of Portland Mask policy will be reviewed WEEKLY and updates will be posted on FRIDAYS. Please check the website before your event for the most up to date information.


PLEASE NOTE: additional COVID-19 protocols beyond the venue policy (including proof of vaccination or negative test) MAY be required by a specific EVENT organizer or artist. PLEASE REFER TO THE SPECIFIC EVENT PAGE for the event you are attending for the most up to date information. Click here to view our full event listing and click on your event to find specific policies.

Portland Symphony Orchestra and Portland Ovations policies can be found below.

Resources:
Click here to find information on how to get a COVID-19 Test.
Click here to find out how to get Vaccinated.
Click here to request an official Immunization Record if you have lost your vaccine card.

Portland Symphony Orchestra Safety Protocols

Portland Symphony Orchestra COVID-19 SAFETY PROTOCOLS

Keeping you safe at concerts

Last Updated: March 29, 2022 at 1:55 PM

Your Portland Symphony Orchestra’s first priority continues to be the health and safety of our patrons, musicians, staff, and the greater community.   

Due to the rise of the extremely contagious COVID-19 Omicron variant across the state and nation, we are announcing new safety protocols for PSO concerts. These measures will ensure we can bring music to you safely this season and beyond.   

Unless otherwise directed by city, state, or federal health officials, these policies will be in effect until June 24, 2022, when we will reassess our safety protocols. Any changes to the current measures will be announced on or around that time.

ALL PSO AUDIENCE MEMBERS, STAFF, AND VOLUNTEERS ATTENDING CONCERTS ARE REQUIRED TO ADHERE TO THE FOLLOWING SAFETY PROTOCOLS

VACCINATION AND BOOSTER:

Provide proof that they are fully vaccinated AND BOOSTED (if eligible and they received their last dose SIX MONTHS OR MORE from the date of the concert) with a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by the World Health Organization or the Food and Drug Administration OR provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test prior to entry. The booster must have been administered on or before the date of the concert.

  • IMPORTANT: If a patron is eligible for a booster and the last dose of their primary COVID-19 vaccination series occurred six months or more before the date of the concert, they WILL BE REQUIRED TO BE BOOSTED and provide proof of booster OR provide proof of negative COVID-19 PCR or Antigen test administered by an authorized third-party provider to gain entry to the concert. The booster must have been administered on or before the date of the concert.
  • If a patron is not yet eligible for a booster, the last dose of the vaccine must have been administered at least 14 days prior to the concert. This also applies to children aged 5-11.
  • Acceptable proof of vaccination includes physical vaccination cards, printed copy of vaccine card, digital copies (including clear photos) of vaccine cards, or health records.
  • For the full list of people currently eligible to receive a booster please visit the CDC website.
  • For important information about vaccine requirements, including valid forms of verification and ID, scroll down to our safety protocols FAQ on this page.
  • For information on how to receive the COVID-19 vaccination, visit https://www.maine.gov/covid19/vaccines/vaccination-sites or call 1-888-445-4111.

NEGATIVE COVID-19 TEST:

In lieu of proof of vaccination and/or vaccine booster, please provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test administered by an authorized provider or taken via an at-home test within 72 hours of the performance start time or a negative COVID-19 Rapid Antigen test administered by an authorized provider or taken via an at-home test within 12 hours of the performance start time. This includes children ages 2 through 11 who are not yet fully vaccinated or not yet eligible to be vaccinated. Babies under 2 are not required to be tested, however, due to the highly contagious nature of the COVID-19 Omicron variant, we strongly advise AGAINST bringing babies under 2 into Merrill Auditorium. 

Per the City of Portland, AT-HOME TESTS (both PCR and RAPID ANTIGEN tests) ARE NOW ACCEPTED as proof of negative COVID-19 test.
To ensure the at-home test was taken within the required timeframe (72 hours for PCR and 12 hours for Rapid Antigen), patrons must take a photo that includes:
  • The test-taker holding the negative results. The test-taker’s face must be clearly visible.
  • A date/time stamp visible in the photo (suggested time stamps include holding an additional mobile phone up that shows date and time, or enabling timestamps on your photos on your mobile phone).
  • Patrons can also use a service like EMED to verify the test online. For more information please click here: https://emed.com/
  • For health and safety reasons, please do NOT bring in the actual test.
  • POOLED TESTING is NOT ACCEPTED under any circumstances.
  • For important information about negative COVID-19 test requirements visit: https://portlandsymphony.org/covid-19/
  • For a list of current COVID-19 authorized third-party providers please visit: https://www.maine.gov/covid19/testing
  • For important information about negative COVID-19 test requirements, scroll down to our safety protocols FAQ on this page.

Your PSO will be providing on-site rapid antigen COVID-19 testing for patrons unable to provide proof of vaccination/booster or negative COVID-19 test. The on-site testing will be administered by New England Mobile Health Services directly outside Merrill Auditorium on Myrtle Street. Please note, the tests will be administered outside the NEMHS trailer and patrons will not be allowed to wait inside the trailer. Patrons taking the COVID-19 test on-site will not be allowed into Merrill Auditorium until their test results are finalized (this takes approximately 15-20 minutes). If you plan on receiving COVID-19 testing on-site, we ask that you allow yourself ample time for the testing, safety, and security screenings and also dress for the elements. Testing availability is limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

MASK:

For adult patrons and children 2 and up, wear a properly fitted surgical, KN95, N95, or KF94 mask at all times while in Merrill Auditorium, unless exempt from wearing a mask due to a disability, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.). Due to lack of protection against the Omicron variant, wearing A CLOTH MASK ALONE IS NO LONGER ACCEPTED as an adequate face covering. Patrons can wear a cloth mask over a surgical mask.

  • The PSO will provide complimentary surgical masks for any patrons who do not have a surgical, KN95, KF94, or N95 mask.
  • For important information about masking, including prohibited types of masks, scroll down to our safety protocols FAQ on this page.
  • Surgical masks will be made available upon request.

ADDITIONAL SAFETY INFORMATION:

THESE SAFETY PROTOCOLS WILL BE STRICTLY ENFORCED. 

All vaccination and negative COVID-19 test verifications will happen IN-PERSON at the concert. 

Please note, for concerts through June 24, 2022, there will be NO CONCESSIONS SERVED. Per the City of Portland, no outside food or drink is allowed in Merrill Auditorium. 

Finally, we ask patrons to stay home if they are feeling unwell and contact PortTIX at 207.842.0800 (phone lines are open Monday through Friday 11 AM – 3 PM) for a complimentary exchange into another PSO concert in the 2021-22 season.

For more information on the COVID-19 pandemic in Maine, please visit the Maine CDC site here, call 211, or email info@211maine.org.

For any audience members or subscribers unable to comply with these safety protocols, we are offering free exchanges into other PSO concerts in the 2021-22 season. Please call PortTIX at 207.842.0800 to discuss your ticketing options.

Thank you for ensuring your PSO can play on!

FAQ:

HOW LONG WILL THESE POLICIES BE IN PLACE?

Unless otherwise directed by city, state, or federal health officials, these policies will be in effect until June 24, 2022, when we will reassess our safety protocols. Any changes to the current measures will be announced on or around that time. 

WHAT ARE PSO’S MASKING POLICIES?

MASKING WITH A PROPERLY FITTED SURGICAL, KN95, KF94, OR N95 MASK WILL BE REQUIRED for all audience members, staff, and volunteers. This includes children ages 2 and up.

Guests must wear a properly fitted surgical, KN95, N95, or KF94 mask at all times while at Merrill Auditorium, unless exempt from wearing a mask due to a disability, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.).

  • Due to lack of protection against the Omicron variant, wearing A CLOTH MASK ALONE IS NO LONGER ACCEPTED as an adequate face covering. Patrons can wear a cloth mask over a surgical mask.
  • The PSO will provide complimentary surgical masks for any patrons who do not have a surgical, KN95, KF94, or N95 mask.
  • Audience members must wear a properly fitted mask over their nose and mouth and under their chin. Properly fitted masks fit snugly against the sides of your face and don’t have gaps.

The following masks are prohibited:

  • CLOTH MASKS alone. You are allowed to wear a cloth mask over a surgical mask, but will not be permitted entry with a cloth mask alone.
  • Masks with exhalation valves
  • Masks made of loosely woven fabrics
  • Scarves, buffs, bandanas, gaiters
  • Face shields alone without a mask

Surgical masks will be made available upon request.

WHAT MASKS ARE PROHIBITED?

The following masks are prohibited:

  • CLOTH MASKS alone. You are allowed to wear a cloth mask over a surgical mask, but will not be permitted entry with a cloth mask alone.
  • Masks with exhalation valves
  • Masks made of loosely woven fabrics
  • Scarves, buffs, bandanas, gaiters
  • Face shields alone without a mask

Surgical masks will be made available upon request.

Audience members must wear a properly fitted mask over their nose and mouth and under their chin. Properly fitted masks fit snugly against the sides of your face and don’t have gaps.

WHAT ARE PSO’S PROOF OF VACCINATION POLICIES?

All audience members, staff, and volunteers (excluding babies under 2) are required to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated AND BOOSTED (if eligible and they received their last dose of their primary COVID-19 vaccination series SIX MONTHS OR MORE from the date of the concert) with a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by the World Health Organization or the Food and Drug Administration OR provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test prior to entry. The booster must have been administered on or before the date of the concert.

All vaccination and negative COVID-19 test verifications will happen IN-PERSON at the concert.

The vaccine must be an FDA or WHO approved vaccination.

  • IMPORTANT: If a patron is eligible for a booster and the last dose of their primary COVID-19 vaccination series occurred SIX MONTHS OR MORE before the date of the concert, they WILL BE REQUIRED TO BE BOOSTED and provide proof of booster OR provide proof of negative COVID-19 PCR or Antigen test administered by an authorized third-party provider to gain entry to the concert. The booster must have been administered on or before the date of the concert.
  • If a patron is not yet eligible for a booster, the last dose of the vaccine must have been administered at least 14 days prior to the concert. This also applies to children aged 5-11.
  • For the full list of people are currently eligible to receive a booster please visit the CDC page here.
  • Acceptable proof of vaccination includes physical vaccination cards, printed copy of vaccine card, digital copies (including clear photos) of vaccine cards, or health records.

WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO VERIFY MY VACCINATION AND/OR BOOSTER STATUS?

All audience members (excluding babies under 2) must provide proof of vaccination/booster (or negative COVID-19 test) as well as photo ID (photo ID is not required for children under 12). Underage attendees who do not have a photo ID must have a parent or guardian present to vouch for their identity.

Types of vaccination/booster verification allowed:

  • Physical vaccination card
  • Digital vaccination record that can be printed or shown on your mobile device on-site
  • A clear and legible photo or scan of physical vaccination card that can be printed or shown on your mobile device on-site

Acceptable forms of Photo ID (all must be the physical card – photocopies are NOT accepted. Children under 12 are EXEMPT from showing photo ID, but must have a parent or guardian present to vouch for their identity):

  • Driver’s licenses, or state ID cards for non-drivers, issued by a state’s Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Formal ID cards WITH photo (armed forces, police, student union)
  • Student ID card with photo
  • Company ID card with photo
  • Passport or Passport card
  • Permanent Resident Card
  • Tribal ID card

WHAT ARE PSO’S PROOF OF NEGATIVE COVID-19 TEST POLICIES?

People unable to get the vaccine (such as, but not limited to, children 2-5, people with a medical condition, or closely held religious belief, etc.) may provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or Rapid Antigen test either administered by an authorized third-party provider or taken via an at-home test for entry.  

Babies under 2 are not required to show proof of negative COVID-19 test, but due to the highly contagious nature of the Omicron variant, we strongly advise against bringing babies under 2 to our concerts.  

Please note, POOLED TESTING is NOT ACCEPTED. 

Acceptable proof of negative COVID-19 test include physical or digital copies of a:  

  • Negative COVID-19 PCR test administered by an authorized third-party vendor from within 72 hours of the performance start time. 
  • Negative COVID-19 rapid (antigen) test administered by an authorized third-party vendor from within 12 hours of the performance start time. 

Per the City of Portland, AT-HOME TESTS (both PCR and RAPID ANTIGEN tests) ARE NOW ACCEPTED as proof of negative COVID-19 test.

To ensure the at-home test was taken within the required timeframe (72 hours for PCR and 12 hours for Rapid Antigen), patrons must take a photo that includes:
  • The test-taker holding the negative results. The test-taker’s face must be clearly visible.
  • A date/time stamp visible in the photo (suggested time stamps include holding an additional mobile phone up that shows date and time, or enabling timestamps on your photos on your mobile phone).
  • Patrons can also use a service like EMED to verify the test online. For more information please click here: https://emed.com/
For health and safety reasons, please do NOT bring in the actual test.

POOLED TESTING is NOT ACCEPTED for any age group.

WILL THERE BE ON-SITE COVID-19 TESTING AVAILABLE?

Your PSO will be providing on-site rapid antigen COVID-19 testing for patrons unable to provide proof of vaccination/booster or negative COVID-19 test prior to concerts.

The on-site testing will be administered by New England Mobile Health Services directly outside Merrill Auditorium on Myrtle Street. Please note, the tests will be administered outside the NEMHS trailer and patrons will not be allowed to wait inside the trailer. Patrons taking the COVID-19 test on-site will not be allowed into Merrill Auditorium until their test results are finalized (this takes approximately 15-20 minutes). If you plan on receiving COVID-19 testing on-site, we ask that you allow yourself ample time for the testing, safety, and security screenings and also dress for the elements.

I’M BRINGING MY INFANT OR BABY. ARE THEY REQUIRED TO SHOW NEGATIVE COVID-19 TEST AND MASK?

Babies under 2 do not need to show proof of negative COVID-19 test and do not need to remain masked. However, due to the highly contagious nature of the COVID-19 Omicron variant, we strongly advise against bringing babies under 2 into Merrill Auditorium.

AT-HOME TESTS and POOLED TESTING are NOT ACCEPTED for any age group.

All children 2 and up are REQUIRED wear a properly fitted surgical, KN95, N95, or KF94 mask at all times while in Merrill Auditorium.

I BOUGHT A SUBSCRIPTION OR TICKET AND AM UNABLE TO COMPLY WITH THESE NEW SAFETY PROTOCOLS. WHAT SHOULD I DO? 

For any audience members or subscribers unable to comply with these safety protocols, we are offering free exchanges into other PSO concerts in the 2021-22 season. Please call PortTIX at 207.842.0800 (phone lines are open Monday through Friday 11 AM – 3 PM) to discuss your ticketing options. 

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I FEEL UNWELL THE DAY OF THE CONCERT?

We ask patrons to stay home if they are feeling unwell.

Please contact PortTIX at 207.842.0800 (phone lines are open Monday through Friday 11 AM – 3 PM) for a complimentary exchange into another PSO concert in the 2021-22 season. 

WILL CONCESSIONS BE SERVED?

Please note, for concerts through March 31, 2022: there will be no concessions served. Per the City of Portland, no outside food or drink is allowed in Merrill Auditorium.

AM I ABLE TO BRING IN OUTSIDE FOOD OR BEVERAGE?

Per the City of Portland, no outside food or beverages (including water) are allowed in Merrill Auditorium.

SHOULD I ALLOW FOR EXTRA TIME FOR SAFETY AND SECURITY SCREENINGS?

All vaccination/negative COVID-19 test verifications will happen in person (no pre-check allowed) directly outside of Merrill Auditorium.

The City of Portland will also be doing bag checks and having patrons walk through metal detectors directly inside Merrill Auditorium. Please leave large bags at home.

Knives of any size are NOT allowed in Merrill Auditorium and WILL be confiscated.

Please ARRIVE EARLY and allow extra time to get through the safety and security screenings. We appreciate your patience.

WHAT ARE MERRILL AUDITORIUM’S CLEANING AND SANITATION PROTOCOLS?

Merrill Auditorium cleaning and sanitation protocols follow all Federal CDC Guidelines.

  • Enhanced daily cleaning procedures include frequent wipe-down of common areas and high-touch surfaces such as railings, door handles, countertops, restroom fixtures and the elevator.
  • All lobbies, restrooms, seating areas, and backstage rooms are cleaned prior to, in between, and following each performance or event.
  • Hand sanitizing stations are located throughout the theater.

Portland Ovations 2021-2022 Health & Safety Protocol

HEALTH & SAFETY POLICIES
Effective 4/1/2022

For everyone’s safety, Portland Ovations requires that all patrons be up to date with COVID19 vaccinations or present a negative test result before entering any Portland Ovations event.

All protocols subject to change prior to the event
Last updated 4/1/2022

VACCINATIONS & TESTING

  • ENTERING THE VENUE
    • VACCINE OR NEGATIVE TEST CHECK 
      • 5 yrs and up: Must present proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 PCR (within 72 hours of event) or Antigen test (within 12 hours of event) either an at-home test, or one that has been administered by an authorized third party prior to entering the auditorium. Two weeks must have passed after the final dose of vaccine. 
      • 3 & 4 yrs: Present proof of negative COVID-19 PCR (within 72 hours of event) or Antigen test (within 12 hours of event) either an at-home test, or one that has been administered by an authorized third party prior to entering the auditorium. 
      • Under 2 yrs: Portland Ovations strongly discourages attendance by guests younger than 2 at this time. 
    • SECURITY: At Merrill Auditorium, once proof of vaccination is verified, guests will go through a security check point before entering the building. 
    • TICKETS: Once through security guests can go to PortTIX for will call tickets and ticket purchasing.   

    IDENTIFICATION

    • It is necessary to show photo identification such as a driver’s license, passport, or school issued ID along with the vaccination card, or negative COVID test result as outlined previously. 
    • Young audience members may have their identity verified by an accompanying parent or guardian.  

    ACCEPTED PROOF OF VACCINATION

    • Patrons may present the actual vaccination card that was issued and marked when they were vaccinated. 
    • They may also present a photograph of this card that has been printed, or can be shown on a personal electronic device (mobile phone). 

    ACCEPTED PROOF OF NEGATIVE TEST

    • PCR tests administered by an authorized provider within 72 hours of the performance start time. 
    • Rapid Antigen and Rapid Diagnostic test results administered by an authorized provider within 12 hours of the performance. 
    • At-home Rapid Antigen tests (BinaxNow). Please provide a photo of the negative test and include the time and date it was taken written on the test. This photo can be displayed on your phone at the vaccination checkpoint.  
    • Click here to learn more about testing.

MASKS

MASKS REQUIRED FOR ALL GUESTS OVER 2 YEARS OF AGE
  • Masks are required unless actively eating or drinking. 
  • US CDC recommends wearing properly fitted surgical, KN95, N95 or K94 mask at all times while inside. A compliant surgical mask will be made available on request. A cloth mask may be worn over the surgical mask if desired. 
  • Recommended masks by US CDC

ANSWERS TO FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • All attendees must show a photo ID along with their proof of vaccination OR negative test. 
  • Boosters are not required.
  • At home PCR testing is an accepted form of proof of negative test.
  • Anyone under the age of 5 who is not yet eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine must provide proof of a negative test. 
  • Underage attendees who do not have a photo ID must have a parent or guardian present to vouch for their identity. 
  • Masks are required unless actively eating or drinking. 
  • Concessions will be served in the lobby at Merrill Auditorium.
  • If you’re feeling sick, please stay home. 

ADDITIONAL PROTOCOLS AT MERRILL AUDITORIUM

  • Concessions will be served at Portland Ovations performances. Outside food and drink are prohibited in Merrill Auditorium. 
  • Merrill Auditorium cleaning and sanitation protocols follow all Federal CDC Guidelines. 
  • Enhanced daily cleaning procedures include frequent wipe-down of common areas and high-touch surfaces such as railings, door handles, countertops, restroom fixtures and the elevator. 
  • All lobbies, restrooms, seating areas, and backstage rooms are cleaned prior to and following each performance or event. 
  • Hand sanitizing stations are located throughout the theater.

Merrill Auditorium Health & Safety Protocols

PLEASE NOTE: SOME EVENTS HAVE POLICIES THAT ARE MORE RESTRICTIVE THAN THE VENUE POLICY. Please check the EVENT PAGE on our website for the most up to date information for your specific event. Click here to view our full event listing and click on your event to find specific policies.

CITY OF PORTLAND
Public Assembly Facilities Division – Health and Safety Requirements
Updated – March 25th 2022

We are pleased to announce that effective April 1st 2022, we are removing the proof of vaccination or negative test requirement for events at our indoor venues which include Merrill Auditorium, James A. Banks Sr. Portland Exposition Building, and Ocean Gateway.

Mask requirements are currently reviewed weekly and updates will be posted on Fridays. Masks requirements will be determined based on the CDC transmission level for Cumberland County. LATEST MASK UPDATE: Effective Friday, 5/20 MASKS are REQUIRED for all attendees ages 2+ at public events in indoor facilities including Merrill Auditorium.

Please note, we are still in a period of transition, and some events may require additional health and safety protocols, depending on requests from the artist, event organizer, promoter, or league.

Please inquire with specific ticket providers, event organizers, promoters, and teams to review any additional requirements.

Events that will still be requiring additional health & safety protocols such as proof of vaccination or masking, include Portland Symphony Orchestra, Portland Ovations, Beach Boys, and potentially others.

The Public Assembly Facilities Division of the Parks, Recreation and Facilities Department of the City of Portland makes the safety of all guests, staff, performers, athletes, vendors, and volunteers the top priority, and we will continue to review and update our guidelines as needed.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Stay Home if Sick
All guests, performers, clients, and staff should stay home if they:

  • Are sick or have COVID-19 symptoms including fever, chills, sore throat, cough, shortness of breath, congestion, nausea, or vomiting.
  • Have been in close contact with an individual who has been diagnosed or exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms within the past 10 days.
  • Have been directed to self-isolate or quarantine by a health care provider or public health official.
  • Are awaiting the result of a COVID-19 test.

Face Masks
Mask requirements are currently reviewed weekly and updates will be posted on Fridays. Masks requirements will be determined based on the CDC transmission level for Cumberland County. LATEST MASK UPDATE: Effective Friday, 5/6 MASKS ARE REQUIRED for all attendees ages 2+ at public events in indoor facilities including Merrill Auditorium.

Physical Distancing
All distancing requirements have been removed;  Merrill Auditorium is operating at full capacity.

Enhanced Cleaning and Sanitation
Our cleaning and sanitation protocols follow all CDC Guidelines. Enhanced daily cleaning procedures include frequent wipe-downs of common areas and high-touch surfaces such as railings, door handles, countertops, restroom fixtures, and the elevator. All lobbies, restrooms, seating areas, and backstage rooms will be cleaned prior to, in between, and following each performance or event. Hand sanitizing stations are located throughout the theater.

Tickets and Seating
All ticketing is handled by PortTIX, the official ticket vendor for Merrill Auditorium.  Tickets are currently being sold for full capacity. Touchless ticket scanning has been implemented to reduce contact. Please follow signage and direction from Merrill Auditorium staff and ushers to navigate to the appropriate seating location. Latecomers will be seated at the discretion of the management.

Food and Beverage
Concessions are being offered at most events (some event organizers may choose not to offer concessions).  We require that all food and beverage be consumed at your seat.

Bag Restriction
Guests are strongly encouraged to leave bags at home to reduce points of contact during the security screening process at entry. Medical bags, diaper bags, and small purses are permitted.

ASSUMPTION OF RISK
Attendance at this event is subject to facility rules and regulations including compliance with COVID-19 orders and guidelines. Ticket holders voluntarily assume all risk and danger incidental to the performance or event, including but not limited to potential exposure to COVID-19. Management reserves the right to refuse admission.

Click Here to view more information about Merrill Auditorium including directions, parking, and general venue policies.

Ticket Buyer COVID-19 Release & Waiver

The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has been declared a worldwide pandemic by the World Health Organization. COVID-19 is extremely contagious and is believed to spread mainly from person-to-person contact. As a result, federal, state, and local governments and federal and state health agencies recommend social distancing and have, in many locations, prohibited the congregation of groups of people.

The City of Portland (herein “Merrill”) has put in place preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19; however, Merrill cannot guarantee that you will not become infected with COVID-19.

By purchasing tickets, I confirm I have read, understand and agree to this Release and Waiver. I further acknowledge the contagious nature of COVID-19 and voluntarily assume the risk that I may be exposed to and/or infected by COVID-19 as a result of or in relation to attending events at Merrill Auditorium and that such exposure or infection may result in personal injury, illness, permanent disability, and/or death. I understand the risk of becoming exposed to or infected by COVID-19 at Merrill Auditorium may result from the actions, omissions, or negligence of myself and/or others, including, but not limited to, patrons, employees, volunteers, and program participants. I voluntarily agree to assume all of the foregoing risks and accept sole responsibility for any injury to myself (including, but not limited to, personal injury, illness, disability, and/or death), damage, loss, claim, liability, or expense, of any kind, that I may experience or that may be incurred (herein “Claims”) in connection with my attendance or participation in events at Merrill Auditorium. I hereby release, covenant not to sue, discharge, indemnify and hold harmless Merrill and PortTIX, its employees, agents, and representatives, of and from all Claims, including all liabilities, claims, actions, damages, costs or expenses of any kind arising out of or relating thereto. I understand and agree that this includes any Claims based on the actions, omissions, or negligence of Merrill, its employees, agents, and representatives, whether a COVID-19 infection occurs before, during, or after participation in any Merrill event.