Seattle Opera Continues Performances Amidst Coronavirus Outbreak

By Francisco Salazar

The Seattle Opera is set to perform Charlie Parker’s “Yardbird” Saturday March 7, 2020.

The company, which is monitoring the developments of the coronavirus outbreak in the Pacific Northwest and globally, is currently set to perform the work as scheduled.

In a public health announcement, the Seattle Opera stated that King County Public Health is recommending that people 60 and older, people with underlying health conditions including heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes, people who have weakened immune systems, and people who are pregnant avoid large public events.

The company also added that people who are unwell should stay home.

The Seattle Opera also assured audience members that the company will take “extra precautionary measures throughout McCaw Hall by disinfecting seat arms, doorknobs, door crash bars, elevator buttons, counters, tables, handrails, and other commonly touched surfaces.”

The company will also install hand sanitizing gel pumps throughout the building and the custodial staff will continue to clean and disinfect high traffic areas during performances. Ushers will also offer patrons sanitizing wipes upon request.

Seattle is at the heart of the coronavirus outbreak at the United States where 75 people have been infected and 11 have died. The city has seen Facebook and Amazon offices close due to the outbreak.