Your Safety is our #1 Priority!

The Martin Marietta Center for the Performing Arts is proud to have expanded our already-stringent cleaning procedures in the wake of COVID-19. Without exception, our team is dedicated to go above and beyond to ensure the safety and health of our visitors and staff.

In addition to the protocols and procedures below, our staff are actively monitoring and engaged in the industry's best practices for attendee health. We have implemented the cleaning guidelines recommended by the CDC and State and local health agencies and required by the GBAC STAR™ accreditation.

We've implemented a number of new procedures and we invite you to view our welcome back video or read about our new entry procedures below to explore the ways we are keeping our theaters and lobbies safe for you and our community.

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The Raleigh Convention Center, Martin Marietta Center for the Performing Arts, and Red Hat Amphitheater are GBAC STAR™ accredited. Our Complex is the first multi-venue accreditation in North Carolina.

GBAC STAR™ is the cleaning industry’s only outbreak prevention, response and recovery accreditation for facilities.

This accreditation means that a facility has:

  • Established and maintained a cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention program to minimize risks associated with infectious agents like the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2).
  • The proper cleaning protocols, disinfection techniques, and work practices in place to combat biohazards and infectious disease.
  • Highly skilled cleaning professionals who are trained for outbreak and infectious disease preparation and response.
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Our Cleaning Protocols

Although most of the cleaning in the Martin Marietta Center for the Performing Arts happens behind the scenes, our dedication to health and safety is always center stage.

  • The City of Raleigh required City employees to be fully vaccinated from COVID-19 by September 17, 2021 or be subject to weekly COVID-19 testing. 
  • Cleaning staff will be issued fresh gloves to avoid cross contamination of surfaces.
  • Completion of the Count on Me NC COVID-19 statewide business pledge and training courses.
  • Cleaning protocols to avoid and prevent cross contamination of surfaces.
  • More rigorous and continual cleaning and disinfection of frequently touched surfaces, such as door handles, handrails, push plates, interior and exterior elevator buttons, desks, countertops, point-of-sale terminals, keypads, tables, chairs, seats, beverage stations, water fountains and dispensers, vending and ice machines, and trash receptacles.
  • Increased and updated staff training on the thorough cleaning of restrooms, including partitions, mirrors, fixtures, countertops, toilets, urinals, paper product and soap dispensers, floors, door handles, knobs, baby changing stations, sanitary product containers, and handrails.
DECPA staff member cleans seats between performances with an alcohol mist
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Venue Ventilation

The HVAC system in the Martin Marietta Center for the Performing Arts meets the CDC recommended guidelines for filtration of the COVID virus. In addition, fresh air from outside is constantly being introduced into the system and all of the air in the room is continually filtered.

All air filters have also been updated to MERV 13 or higher. Filters with a MERV rating of 13 or higher are frequently used in a variety of medical facilities and will filter down to at least 0.3-1.0 micron particle size.

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Sodexo Live!, our in-house caterer, leads the way in food safety and thoughtful food preparation. While there is no evidence that COVID-19 or other respiratory viruses can spread through food, Centerplate has taken the following steps.

Our Team

  • Increased training for all team members
  • Completion of the Count on Me NC COVID-19 statewide business pledge and training courses
  • New, targeted cleaning solutions, including CDC-recommended level products
  • Increased number of sanitizing stations
  • Increased cleaning schedule
  • Gloves for all staff during food preparation

Food Service

  • Individually packed meals
  • Modified buffet services
  • Specialized packaging
  • Adapted menus

Reduced Contact with Shared Surfaces

  • Touchless payment options
  • Wrapped silverware
  • Single-use condiments
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Bag Policy

All bags are now subject to search and must meet new size requirements. A small clutch or wallet is recommended and no bags larger than 12" x 12" x 10" will be allowed, this includes backpacks, camera bags, and large purses. *Diaper bags are allowed for guests with infants and toddlers (child must be present).

Graphic showing bag policy allowed and not allowed bags
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Security Screening

In addition to our bag policy, guests are required to enter through a security screening, which includes the use of a metal detector. Alternate screening methods are available for guests with accessibility needs.

Guests will walk through the metal detectors (items can be carried through, pockets and bags do not need to be emptied). In case of an unsatisfactory or incomplete scan, items will need to be removed from pockets and guests will be provided with a clean surface to empty bag contents.