It is with great excitement that after months of being closed, the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater will reopen with limited access and seating.
Our venue has the opportunity to show we can host events while still limiting the spread of COVID-19. If we want to continue enjoying the performing arts in this beautiful outdoor setting, all our guests, artists, and employees must meet or exceed the guidelines set forth by local, regional, state and federal agencies for operating in a COVID-19 environment.
Therefore, all guests and employees of The Amp must follow the 5 Commitments of Containment:
- I will maintain 6 feet of physical distance
- I will wash my hands often
- I will cover my face in public
- I will stay home when I am sick
- I will get tested immediately if I have symptoms
OUR NEW PROTOCOLS:
- If you are sick or not feeling well, please stay home. Refunds will be issued to anyone unable to attend due to an illness.
- Wash hands often and use hand sanitizer where available
- In ‘Common Areas’ all guests must wear a face covering.
- In seating areas, family groups must maintain six feet of distance
- Please adhere to our venue’s specific protocols. Signage, ushers, and staff will be here to help enforce these protocols.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF ADMISSION: WAIVER AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY:
In consideration for the opportunity to attend an event at the Amphitheater, and by entering the premises, each entrant agrees to the Terms and Conditions of Admission to Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater events, which apply regardless of the form of any ticket or other invitation to an event, or where or by whom such ticket or invitation is held, stored or displayed. The Terms and Conditions of Admission contain a Waiver and Release of Liability, and Indemnification agreement. You may view the Terms and Conditions of Admission here.
Here is what you need to know upon arrival:
- Hot Summer Nights Free Concerts and Movie Night at The Amp will be limited to a capacity of 175.
- Lawn and pavilion seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis
- We have two clearly-marked areas: seating areas and common areas
- In the common areas, face coverings are required and 6′ of physical distancing between groups should be maintained to the best of your ability.
- In our seating areas:
- Groups must maintain six feet of distance
- Group maximum number is eight
- When at your seat and properly distanced, face coverings may be removed when at your seat.
- When moving through seating areas, maintain 6′ of distance from others, and wear face coverings.
- Our seating areas may change from show to show. The lawn is grassy and open air and the pavilion has rows of stadium seating, is covered from the weather, but is also open air.
OTHER IMPORTANT SHOW-NIGHT UPDATES
- Concessions in 2020 will be limited. We will offer a range of beer, red and white wine, and cocktails. The grill is not expected to be open in 2020, but we will offer a selection of snacks. Payment will be restricted to credit cards only. No cash will be accepted.
- We encourage all our guests to visit local restaurants and shops before or after the show. Guests are allowed to bring food into the venue so long as it is done within venue bag policies.
WHAT CAN I BRING?
- New this year: NO BAGS will be permitted in the building with the exception of a small clutch purse (no larger than 5”x8”) or clear bags (no larger than 12”x12”).
- Empty Water bottles
- Commercially-sealed, non-alcoholic beverages
- Short-legged chairs to sit on the lawn (EX: Crazy Creek or REI Trail Chair) – chairs can be no more than 5 inches off the ground
- Stroller parking is available, but you will not be able to take your stroller to your seat.
- If you ride your bike, there is a small public bike rack located across from the box office near the creek. Bike valet will not be available.
WHAT ITEMS ARE NOT ALLOWED?
- New this year: NO BAGS will be permitted in the building with the exception of a small clutch purse (no larger than 5”x8”) or clear bags (no larger than 12”x12”)
- Cameras and recording devices
- Smoking of any kind
- Weapons of any kind
- In-Line Skates
- Lawn Chairs with legs taller than 5 inches (you should not be able to roll a softball under the chair)
- Hula Hoops
Overall operational updates:
- Venue capacity will be limited according to state and local public health regulations.
- Face coverings are required for entry and must be worn in all common areas. For the safety of our employees and guests, our employees will wear face coverings.
- Lawn seating: Groups of up to 8 people may sit together. Each group must be separated by 6 feet. Signage and ushers will help guests locate appropriate seating areas.
- Pavilion seating: Groups of up to 8 people may sit together. Please separate groups by at least 4 seats and one row.
- We have begun a greatly increased sanitization protocol with products certified by the EPA. This includes common touchpoints throughout the venue.
- Ushers are not permitted to touch tickets.
- Guests are encouraged to leave by sections or rows to avoid crowding while exiting. Please adhere to all venue announcements before and after the show.
- Hand-sanitizing stations have been installed for your convenience.
An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and customers with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable. By visiting the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.
We look forward to seeing you at The Amp soon!
We commit to do everything we can to keep our guests and employees as safe as possible while still providing the superb sound and entertainment experience we are known for.