Broadway Rose Theater Co. cancels performances due to COVID-19
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Broadway Rose Theatre Co. in Tigard is canceling all performances of its latest show, "Ain't Misbehavin'."
The remaining 2020 productions are set to run as scheduled.
"The health and wellness of our community continues to be front of mind," said artistic director Sharon Maroney and managing editor Dan Murphy in an announcement on March 16. "Thank you for supporting us as we adapt to rapidly changing circumstances."
The decision comes after Gov. Kate Brown announced new restrictions on gatherings and events, issuing statewide cancellations on all events larger than 25 people.
Brown also banned all Oregon restaurants, bars and other food establishments from serving food inside their businesses for the next four weeks. All food must be served carry-out or via delivery.
In an announcement Tuesday, March 16, Brown said the restrictions are meant to keep the spread of COVID-19, a disease caused by the novel coronavirus, from spreading. Oregon already has dozens of cases, largely in Washington and Linn counties.
Workplaces, grocery stores, pharmacies and other businesses are excluded, but Brown said people should try to avoid assembling in groups of 10 or more. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Sunday that people should avoid gatherings of more than 50 people.
Establishments not compliant with the new orders will be subject to a misdemeanor, Brown said.
In a statement Monday morning, Brown said Oregonians should prepare for a prolonged period of so-called "social distancing."
"It may seem like we're in the middle of this crisis," Brown said. "But in terms of timeline and impact, we are just at the beginning. We must work together and support each other to get through this. Remember your humanity, your love for one another and our vulnerable neighbors and friends."
Broadway Rose's Maroney and Murphy echoed the same message in their press release.
"Thank you for your patience and understanding as we respond to this unprecedented situation," added the announcement. "We wish you and your families health and comfort during this time."
If you had tickets to one of the scheduled performances, the theater advises to check your personal email for further instruction.
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