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Regent edges toward opening as restrictions loosen

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As Gov. Baker has announced the loosening of restrictions for theaters, the Regent sees hope on the horizon amid continuing challenges.

Leland Stein, co-owner of the 106-year-old venue on Medford Street, told YourArlington March 1 some of the steps involved before a kind of normalcy returns.

Despite the changes, "we do not have any performance or film events with in-person audiences on our schedule at the moment." Consider:

-- Even though Phase 3, Step 2 allows for performance venues to open to as much as 50-percent capacity, with safe-distance seating guidelines, for the Regent that really means about 25-percent capacity, or 120 patrons max starting March 1.

-- "Furthermore, if you read through the specifics of the guidelines/restrictions for performance venues and theaters, we cannot offer a live performance, which includes singing, so that eliminates the vast majority of live-music shows."

-- As the state moves to Phase 4, Step 1 on March 22, "it's unclear how that might affect us since Phase 4 is geared to the reopening of larger performance venues. However, I plan to contact our state rep and state senator to see if they can help us to remove the singing restriction by that date."

-- Under Phase 3, Step 2, "my understanding is that we can also host films with safe-distance seating with a maximum of 120. (We were restricted to 50 under Phase 3, Step 1)."

 An update about the impact of the coronavirus was added July 8. Read it here >>  

This news summary was published March 1, 2021.

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