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Champaign – Due to the recent increases in active COVID-19 cases in Champaign County, the Virginia Theatre has announced it has suspended the sale of food and beverages, including liquor, at all public events through the end of the year, at which time theatre staff will reevaluate.

Outside food and beverage are not allowed into the Virginia, per its standard policy.

Per an Executive Order signed by Illinois Governor Pritzker on August 26, 2021, all individuals age 2 and up who are medically able are required to wear a face mask while indoors in public settings, regardless of vaccination status. The order also states that individuals may remove their masks while eating and drinking.

The Virginia Theatre suspended its concession service to help ensure that all individuals are wearing a mask at all times while inside the facility. “We’ve seen the number of active COVID cases in Champaign rise significantly in the past thirty days,” Virginia Theatre Director Steven Bentz stated, “and believe that by pausing food and beverage service we can improve mask wearing throughout the facility.”

For more information about the Virginia Theatre’s COVID-19 mitigation practices, please visit https://thevirginia.org/covid-19-mitigation-practices-at-the-virginia-theatre/.