Health & Safety

We are taking significant measures to ensure the health and safety of all patrons, staff, and performers. The following protocols are in place at all performances and classes, both at the Music & Arts Community Center and at Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at FSW.

In light of the recent COVID-19 resurgence due to the Delta variant, many of our patrons have indicated that they will only feel comfortable attending performances with continued clear and uniform health and safety protocols in place.

All GCS staff, performers and guest artists are fully vaccinated.

Effective October 1, 2021 the following policies will be in place for all Gulf Coast Symphony performances:


All patrons age 12 and older attending a performance indoors must show either:

  1. A negative PCR COVID-19 test administered by a medical provider/official testing center no earlier than 72 hours before the time of their performance OR
  2. A negative rapid antigen COVID-19 test administered by a medical provider/official testing center no earlier than 24 hours prior to the time of their performance. Home testing kit results will not be accepted for entry.

If patrons prefer, a CDC or other official vaccination record showing the patrons are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (at least 14 days since the final dose) may be voluntarily presented at the door as an acceptable alternative to negative COVID-19 test results.

Both physical and electronic presentation of documents will be accepted. Photo identification must accompany the presentation of all documents.

All patrons aged 2 and up, regardless of vaccination or testing status, must wear masks over their nose and mouth at all times while inside the venue except while actively eating or drinking.

Assigned Seats:
All seats will be reserved for performances. You must use your reserved seat and may not switch seats without the assistance of the house manager.

Flexible Ticketing: If you feel unwell, have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19 please stay home. Give our box office a call at (239) 277-1700 to exchange or refund your tickets.

The Gulf Coast Symphony performance spaces are all equipped with advanced HVAC and filtration systems that meets CDC requirements for filtration of Covid-19, have implemented rigorous health and safety procedures and intensive cleaning protocols throughout our buildings, and we encourage the use of contactless methods of ticket delivery and purchases. In addition to our already stringent schedule of cleaning and disinfecting the entire facility before, during, and after each performance, we are paying particular attention to all common area surfaces in the theater, such as: counters, railings, door handles, and seats. Additionally, wall-mounted hand sanitizer stations are available throughout the building. 

We will continue to monitor industry best practices and guidance from medical professionals, the CDC and other government agencies. Complete and up to date policies can be found on this page.

We value the health and safety of all patrons, artists, and staff, and we will continue to strive to deliver high-quality performances in a safe manner. We look forward to welcoming you safely to the Barbara B Mann Performing Arts Hall at FSW and at the Music and Arts Community Center!

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