Businesses on the road to reopening are traversing a complex path with rules about distancing, capacity limits, and masks. Now imagine having to deal with two separate rulebooks — one for restaurants and another for performance spaces. That’s what the Candlelight Pavilion dinner theater in Claremont is navigating.
The longtime family-friendly venue reopened at half capacity this month after a COVID-19 closure spanning a year and a half. They’re only allowed to be at 50% because they’ve implemented a strict policy of no entry without a negative COVID test or proof of vaccination. Without this policy, they would be limited to 15% capacity.
Over the nearly 15 months it was closed, the family that runs the Candlelight wondered how it would survive, but it faced the virus head-on, and jumped through a lot of hoops to bring guests back inside.