Gala Safety Procredures

  • Reduced capacity: Capacity of the Vanderbilt Ballroom is typically 500, we have limited it to 230.
  • Mask policy: Per the Ritz-Carlton, masks are currently required while indoors at all times except while you are seated at your table. We recommend that facial coverings be worn outdoors. All Ritz-Carlton and Gulfshore Playhouse staff will be wearing masks, except for those who have been tested for COVID-19 prior to the event. We will have paper masks on site for any patron in need of one.
  • Registration process: Registration tables will be spaced apart with floor markings to provide proper guidance on distancing. All guests should pre-register in advance of the event to significantly reduce time spent at registration.
  • Temperature checks: All guests will have their temperature checked using a non-contact infrared thermometer before entering the event.
  • Spatially-distant cocktail hour: The first hour and a half of the event will take place outdoors with activities spread throughout the courtyard. There will be two separate bars to prevent crowding.
  • Hand-sanitization: There will be plenty of hand sanitizing stations located throughout the venue.
  • Socially distant tables: All tables will be placed at least six-feet apart. We ask that patrons remain seated at their tables and to please put on their mask if they need to leave for any reason.
  • Performer safety: The Gala performers will have taken a rapid COVID-19 test the day of the performance to ensure safety.
  • Ventilation: Back and side doors will remain open throughout the duration of the event to provide optimal airflow.