“According to which criteria should we unload guests?”
New hygiene regulations pose a rare problem for the Frankfurt Schauspielhaus: more people have bought tickets than are now allowed to go to the theater. This forces the management to take drastic measures.
Se pre-sales for the December events have started at the Schauspielhaus Frankfurt since the beginning of November. Successful because many of the performances were sold out. But now “the success is falling on our feet”, says Artistic Director Anselm Weber. Due to the new Corona regulations, the house will suspend plays from December 5th to 9th. The new rules can hardly be implemented logistically. What remains is the closure.
According to the resolutions of the Hessian state government of November 30, the following applies from December 5: Events from 100 people indoors are subject to the 2G + rule as well as a distance and hygiene concept. From 250 people, organizers must also obtain approval from the health department. In addition to 2G +, the responsible office of the City of Frankfurt am Main requires compliance with the “chessboard” pattern. This means that between two occupied spaces, one space must remain free. In addition, a mask must be worn during the performances.
Before the most recent resolutions, 2G + also applied. Those who have recovered and those who have been vaccinated are welcome with a daily test. But the visitors did not have to keep their distance and the artists could play in front of a full house.
The advance booking figures show how great the audience’s desire for culture is. Otherwise a reason to be happy, they now seem almost malicious. “We sold too many tickets. What criteria should we use to unload our guests? There are no transparent criteria for this. We are therefore forced to take many events out of the program for the time being. Also the performances of the family play ‘Wickie and the strong men’, which are 100 percent sold – even if it hurts my heart, ”said Artistic Director Anselm Weber.
It could be a similar situation soon for cultural sites all over Germany. On Thursday, December 2nd, the Bund-Länder-Round decided to significantly reduce the number of spectators for national sports, cultural and other major events. According to this, a maximum of 30 to 50 percent of the space capacity may be used in the future. A maximum of 5,000 visitors can be indoors and 15,000 outdoors.
In Frankfurt, visitors receive a voucher for tickets they have already purchased. When it can be redeemed, however, is questionable. Otherwise, the cards can also be returned or exchanged. “We deal with facts as they are and do our best to please people. We know our guests to be sensible and considerate, ”said press spokeswoman Sandra Strahonja.