Butler County leisure venues uncertain what influence new COVID-19 mandate can have on crowds

Under the plan, the city had 8-foot-by-8-foot squares – the size of two pieces of plywood side by side – eight feet apart, said Adam Helms, head of resident services for the city of Hamilton.

Helms hopes to use the same schedule this year for the 15 scheduled concerts held every week from late May to September, with the exception of Butler County Fair week.

He plans to put six people in each of the 100+ capsules, giving the venue a maximum of about 700 people, or 30 percent of capacity. The cost of each square ranged from $ 40 to $ 100, depending on the band.

The plan went “pretty well” last year, said Helms, who last summer didn’t add any cases of coronavirus that were attributed to RiversEdge.

Nancy Griffith, president of the Sorg Opera House Board, said the downtown Middletown venue could expand capacity from 230 to 280 following DeWine’s announcement.

Still, she said, patrons must wear masks and practice social distancing. The Sorg will host the play “Rumors” from March 5th to 6th, she said.

Adriane Scherrer, organizer of the Broad Street Bash, a summer concert series in downtown Middletown, said it was difficult to keep the crowd at 30 percent because she didn’t know the capacity. In the past the streets were closed and the crowd either sat in folding chairs or walked around.

She said the Broad Street Bash typically draws around 1,700 people to each of its concerts. She said bashes are scheduled for June 9th, June 23rd and July 14th, and the Broad Street Blast is scheduled for July 3rd.

One way to monitor the crowd would be to give out a limited number of wristbands to customers, she said.

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