Health and Safety Update
A widespread health concern such as COVID-19 (coronavirus) is a reminder of the global nature of our daily lives— whether due to international commerce, personal/business travel or other factors.
The Springfield Symphony Orchestra has been monitoring these current health concerns regarding Coronavirus and we are following the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the guidance of local and state public health authorities. The safety of the SSO’s audience, musicians, chorus members, visiting guest artists, staff, volunteers, and board leadership will always be paramount to us.
On March 13th, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker announced a ban on gatherings of more than 250 people amid the outbreak of the novel coronavirus. Baker said in a news conference the state had issued guidance prohibiting such gatherings, which include leisure gatherings, faith-based events, sporting events with spectators, concerts, conventions.
As a result, the SSO has canceled the following events in March. This includes:
- the Basically Beethoven Chamber Music III – Percussion Ensemble on March 29th
- the Musical Family Fiesta free children’s concert at Tower Square in downtown Springfield on March 29th
- Youth Orchestra rehearsals on March 15th, 22nd, and 29th
Looking ahead, we are:
- redoubling our efforts regarding sanitizing and cleaning throughout Symphony Hall – following best practices outlined by the CDC
- urging our staff, musicians, chorus members, and volunteers to take standard precautions, including frequent hand washing to help prevent the spread of germs
- encouraging staff, volunteers, and patrons to stay home if they feel unwell
Please note that the March events and rehearsals outlined above are the only ones to be canceled at this time. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and provide updates as the guidelines and conditions change.
All those who bought tickets for the March 29th Basically Beethoven Chamber Music III concert through our box office or online will be notified by email and phone regarding this cancelation. We will also post notifications through SSO’s social media channels.
Tickets may be exchanged for any future Springfield Symphony concert. Please consult the Exchanging Tickets page for additional information.