Keeping You Safe

Working hard to keep you safe!

The health and safety of CAC patrons, volunteers and artists are of the utmost importance to us.  At the present time, the following guidelines are in place for all events at the Sailor Circus Arena and the will be at the Circus Sarasota Big Top when it goes up in January.

Based on guidance by the CDC and the initiative of #SafeArtsSarasota, as of September 26, 2021, the following policies will be implemented:

All patrons age 12 and older attending a performance indoors must show either:
A negative PCR COVID-19 test administered by a medical provider/official testing center no earlier than 72 hours before the time of their performance OR
A negative rapid antigen COVID-19 test administered by a medical provider/official testing center no earlier than 24 hours prior to the time of their performance. Home testing kit results will not be accepted for entry.

If patrons prefer, CDC or other official vaccination record showing the patrons are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (at least 14 days since the final dose) may be voluntarily presented at the door as an acceptable alternative to negative COVID-19 test results. Both physical and electronic presentation of documents (e.g., an image on a smartphone) will be accepted. Photo identification must accompany the presentation of all documents.

All patrons age 6 and up, regardless of vaccination or testing status, must wear masks over their nose and mouth at all times while inside the venue.

All seats will be reserved for performances at CAC venues. You must use your reserved seat and may not switch seats without the assistance of the house manager.

Use your email confirmation as your ticket or print your tickets at home to show for venue entry to limit your contact with our ushers and staff. If you are unable to receive your tickets electronically please contact the Box Office at 941.355.9805 and they will print your tickets and hold them at Will Call.

The main Box Office can be accessed by phone 941.355.9805 Monday-Friday, 10am – 5pm.

Sanitizing stations have been installed in both venues and we have optimized the air conditioning system to provide better airflow and filtration. We have installed an air ionization system in the Sailor Circus Arena to eliminate viruses and germs.

Both venues will be disinfected via fogging between all presentations.

Signage has been placed in key locations around the Arena to guide you and help keep you, your fellow patrons, our artists, and our staff safe.

Protocols will be revisited and may be revised based on CDC guidance and the evolving circumstances of the pandemic, including the reduction of screening protocols.

Keeping You Safe

Working hard to keep you safe!

On your next visit to a CAC performance you’ll notice that we have instituted some new policies to keep our patrons safe and healthy. We are changing the number of seats for sale in our venues to ensure compliance with social distancing protocols and are opening our doors earlier to reduce lines of people waiting to get into the Sailor Circus Arena and Circus Sarasota Big Top. In addition to  floor markings,  we will have trained staff members available working as “Social Distancing Champions”  to assist patrons with all their social distancing needs. 

Here are the key policies we’ve instituted: 

Masks Required for All

Since we care about your health, masks are mandatory for everyone throughout the Sailor Circus Arena and Circus Sarasota Big Top, except when eating or drinking. Masks must cover your nose and mouth and fit snugly around your face and chin. If you don’t have a mask, we will provide one for you. 

Hand Washing & Sanitizing

Hand washing stations and hand sanitizer stations will be available throughout the Sailor Circus Arena and Circus Sarasota Big Top. Please use them as needed, washing your hands for at least twenty seconds and avoid touching your face. 

Enhanced Cleaning & Disinfecting of Facilities

We have added to our already thorough cleaning protocols by using an approved fogging solution to disinfect and sanitize the Sailor Circus Arena and Circus Sarasota Big Top after each show. When there aren’t any shows in production, the arena is fogged nightly. In addition, we have created even more stringent guidelines for cleaning restrooms and other public areas in our facilities.  

Staff Health Screenings

All CAC staff have monthly Covid 19 tests and are required to have their temperatures taken before starting their shifts. Anyone who tests positive or shows symptoms of Covid 19 must self quarantine until they receive a negative test.

Social Distancing Standards

Please remember to maintain a considerate distance from others before, during and after the show. Follow floor markers and speak with our Social Distancing Champions if you need guidance. 

Reduced Seating Capacities

Seating capacity in the Sailor Circus Arena and the Circus Sarasota Big Top have been reduced to offer social distancing. When seating yourself,  please make sure to leave adequate distance between yourself and other guests so everyone will be able to comfortably enjoy the show.

Monetary Transactions

Cash will be accepted at both box offices and at concession stands. No-contact payment options are also available and it is recommended to use paperless tickets for venue entry. 

Food & Drinks in the Auditorium

Although masks are required in both venues, they may be removed while enjoying food and beverages. Please help us to protect yourself and those around you by wearing your mask when you are done eating and drinking. 

Concession Stand Menu Options

For the health of our patrons and to create shorter lines, all menu items will be pre-packaged for ease of delivery.

Please be sure to request any condiments or utensils and napkins from the concession stand staff. To promote the health of our patrons by avoiding excess handling, those items will be kept behind the counter and handed out as requested. 

Self-Check Your Health

If you have had contact with someone with Covid-19 symptoms such as a fever or cough, or have symptoms yourself please self quarantine and come back to see us when you are well.


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