AURORA – After being closed since March because of the COVID-19 pandemic, The Venue plans to reopen its doors in July as a result of the region moving into phase 4 of Gov. JB Pritzker's "Restore Illinois" plan.
"We plan to go about this slowly and systematically to ensure that we are in compliance with all safety measures," Fox Valley Music Foundation Executive Director Melissa Mercado said in a statement.
The nonprofit Fox Valley Music Foundation operates The Venue, located at 21 S. Broadway Ave. (Route 25) in downtown Aurora. The Venue plans to relaunch July 18.
When it reopens, audience capacity will be limited to 50 people. The Venue has a seating capacity of 200 people. Phase 4 limits gatherings to no more than 50 people.
As part of the new seating arrangement, there will be reserved table seating with two people per table spaced for social distancing in the area that previously was the reserved section. The Venue will have a limited number of bar-height seats (10) on the north rail grouped in twos, and bar-height tables (6) will be available behind the shorter tables.
Standing will not be allowed. Patrons will not be admitted without masks and may be asked to submit to temperature scanning on arrival.
Patrons must wear masks and practice social distancing when not seated at their reserved table.
"We hope that by following these simple guidelines that we can all safely enjoy live music again," Mercado said. "Rest assured that all Venue staff and volunteers will be following protocols to ensure the health and safety of all."