COVID-19 Information

Merrill Auditorium Health & Safety Protocols
Last updated 5/24/2021

The safety of our patrons, performers, staff and the community is our top priority at Merrill Auditorium. We look forward to welcoming you back safely to Merrill Auditorium. We know visiting us may feel different in the days ahead, but these new steps are being put in place to keep us all healthy and safe.  As of Monday, May 24, 2021 Merrill Auditorium is open to audiences at full capacity.  Masks are required for all staff, volunteers, and guests above the age of 2 years old.  There are no physical distancing requirements.

The City of Portland and Merrill Auditorium strongly recommend all who wish to attend events at Merrill Auditorium to get vaccinated for COVID-19.

Safety Protocols
The City of Portland has established numerous health and safety protocols for Merrill Auditorium, including increased cleaning and sanitation procedures.

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
All staff, vendors, and guests over the age of two years are required to wear face masks at all times, even while seated. Anyone not complying will not be permitted entrance into the facility or will be asked to leave.

Physical Distancing
All distancing requirements have been removed.  Merrill Auditorium is open to full capacity while all staff, volunteers, and guests are required to wear a face covering.

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
Unfortunately, no food or beverages will be offered on site at this time. In addition, no outside food or beverage will be permitted.  This information will be updated as soon as food and beverage will be offered again.

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.

Merrill Auditorium Staff
All staff are required to self-evaluate for COVID-19 symptoms prior to arriving at Merrill Auditorium. All staff are required to wear a mask at all times and have been properly trained on personal protective equipment (PPE).

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.

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Full 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.

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