Official Statement Regarding COVID-19
The Patriot Theater Closure-EXTENDED
March 16, 2020
Following the guidance issued by the State of Michigan, Governor Gretchen Whitmer, and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, as well as national officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, The Patriot Theater at The War Memorial has chosen to extend our closure until Friday, April 10, 2020 effective immediately. The War Memorial, including the theater, grounds, and gardens, will be closed to the public and non-essential personnel to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and maintain the safety and well-being of our guests, partners, staff, and volunteers.
The CDC has recommended against gatherings of 50 people or more, and the State of Michigan has mandated the closure of all bars and restaurants. During this critical time, and as a public gathering space, we believe it is our social responsibility and core to our mission to help reduce health risks to our patrons and guests and enact procedures to maintain a healthy work environment for our staff.
All previously scheduled events/films through Friday, April 10, 2020 are immediately canceled. Previously purchased film tickets will be honored at any upcoming film of the ticketholder’s choice when our facility is reopened. Given the rapidly changing nature of this outbreak, we will carefully reassess the situation in the coming days and weeks. Decisions regarding reopening the building and rescheduling events will be made pending recommendations from state and local governments and announced as soon as possible.
As a reminder, The Patriot Theater at The War Memorial encourages patrons to practice good hygiene and other healthy habits, such as washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If you don’t have a tissue handy, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands. We strongly urge patrons to practice social distancing.
Perhaps most important, individuals are advised to stay home if they become sick. Limit your contact with others and seek medical treatment if your symptoms persist or become more serious.
Thank you for your support now and always. All additional updates will be communicated via email, Facebook, Twitter, and in local press whenever possible. Interested persons can subscribe to War Memorial emails and find links to its social media platforms at www.warmemorial.org
General questions regarding the campus closure may be directed to Brooks Hoste, Vice President of Community Engagement and Programming (email@example.com); or Bruce Ferguson, Curator of The Patriot Theater at The War Memorial (firstname.lastname@example.org).