With the current rise in infections, hospitalizations, and deaths from the recent surge of the Delta variant of COVID-19, The Vortex Theatre regrettably announces that we will be pausing all in-person performances until the end of the calendar year.
Part of this does come from the Governor's mandate on indoor public spaces. It is our understanding, via communications from the NM DOH, that the mask mandate applies to actors onstage as well as to audience members. While it's possible to continue indoor performances with actors masked onstage, we feel that would detract from our audiences' experience. Regardless of the mandate, we must be considerate of the welfare of all people who participate in our shows as actors, crews, or audience. Faced with current information and NM DOH requirements, we are electing to not have in-person shows at all for the time being.
On that note, we again implore anyone reading this who is on the fence with vaccinations to speak to a trusted medical provider regarding their vaccine hesitancy and get the vaccine. Winter is approaching, and none of us wants a repeat of last year.
So where do we go from here? The Vortex is still planning on our 2022 season. We have shows slated and want nothing more than to put those on. In the more immediate future, we hope to put out more virtual productions for our audience to enjoy. As soon as we have more information, we will post that here and on all our social media platforms. Until then, stay safe, get vaccinated, and enjoy the autumn weather!