Beginning April 1st, as planned, we are no longer requiring vaccination for entry. Masks are still required in the lobby and bathroom. Patrons, volunteers and employees are required to wear masks, except while actively eating or drinking and seated.
To help provide a safe environment for both patrons and staff throughout our building, we have invested in new equipment for thorough sanitation and made adaptations to our overall HVAC systems to increase air ventilation, filtration and purifying.
In our screening halls and throughout the building, we’ve made significant adaptations to the building’s HVAC system in accordance with the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) recommendations for non-healthcare buildings:
- ozone-free UV air scrubbers (HVAC-mounted Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation (UVGI), which uses UV light with sufficiently short wavelengths to disinfect surfaces, air, and water)
- improved central air and other HVAC filtration to MERV-13* (as recommended by the CDC and ASHRAE; MERV ≥ 13 is efficient at capturing airborne viruses)
- increased outdoor air ventilation
- keeping all systems running 24/7 with fans always on
*MERV stands for “minimum efficiency report value,” a scale used to report the effectiveness of air filters.