The 5th and Coronavirus

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UPDATE: Due to the continued spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), Governor Jay Inslee and the Washington State Department of Health have mandated the closure of all public gatherings greater than 250 people. Please click here for our most recent update.


We wanted to take a moment to let you know what steps we are taking at The 5th to prevent further spread of COVID-19, commonly known as coronavirus. With new information being released daily and confusion played out across a spectrum of headlines, we are opting to remain level-headed, to take our cues from public health officials, and to follow facts over fear.

As developments around coronavirus continue to evolve, we are looking to the Washington State Department of Health and King County Public Health for guidance and direction. To that end, here’s how we are managing this at The 5th:

  • Adding thorough sanitizing measures to our daily cleaning routine throughout the theater lobby, boutique, bars, bathrooms, and auditorium following every performance.
  • Ensuring hand sanitizer is easily accessible throughout all our facilities—from the basement rehearsal halls all the way up to our administrative offices and absolutely in our lobby.
  • Reducing points of physical contact between our guests and our front of house staff (looking at your printed seat locations, for instance, rather than taking your tickets to lead you to your seat).
  • Encouraging all staff who are not feeling well to stay home.
  • As we do during any flu season, we encourage all guests who are feeling ill to refrain from attending performances.

As of this writing, we intend to continue with our 2019/20 season as scheduled. In a world that can seem crazy and overwhelming, we believe that musicals like Sister Act (March 14 – April 5) and Jersey Boys (April 14 – 19) are a welcome and sorely-needed respite from the madness. Live musicals have the power to lift up our lives, sometimes even change them. We are holding our doors open for those looking for escape from the cares of every day living. Bernie and I are looking to the future with confidence and optimism and are looking forward to welcoming you at your next performance. 

We’ll see you at The 5th,

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Bill Berry
Producing Artistic Director
Bernie Griffin 
Managing Director

3 comments on “The 5th and Coronavirus”

  1. Public Health guidelines state people 60 and over should avoid large gatherings. Will you be refunding tickets for those patrons or offering credit on future purchases?

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    1. We understand that everyone is in a different place when it comes to choosing what is best for them, and that your choice to attend your performance at The 5th is personal. If you are feeling unwell or have health concerns that affect your decision to attend a performance, we encourage you to contact our guest services department (206.625.1400) where we are working with each guest on a case-by-case basis to find a solution that works best for them.

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    2. We understand that everyone is in a different place when it comes to choosing what is best for them, and that your choice to attend your performance at The 5th is personal. If you are feeling unwell or have health concerns that affect your decision to attend a performance, we encourage you to contact our guest services department who is working with each guest on a case-by-case basis to find a solution that works best for them.

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