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Palladium cancels all live shows – again

Bill DeYoung

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Due to the spike in Covid-19 cases in St. Petersburg and Pinellas County, the Palladium Theater has once again canceled all live performances.

Executive director Paul Wilborn made the announcement Tuesday morning.

“In October, when we returned to limited live performances following a complete shutdown in March, our pledge to our audiences was that they would be safe coming to a show at the Palladium,” Wilborn wrote on his “Palladium Paul” blog. “That meant limited ticket sales, social distancing, masks for everyone, and no intermissions to avoid lines at concessions and bathrooms. It worked.

“But we also pledged to follow CDC guidelines, which encourages live shows like ours when the infection rate is below five percent. For October, the rate in St. Petersburg and Pinellas County met that criteria. That is no longer the case.”

There have been a half-dozen live shows in the Palladium’s 830-seat Hough Hall, limited to 150 spaced seats for each.

“If you’d like to help get the Palladium back open, please encourage your friends, your family and your political leaders to act responsibly and do everything they can to keep this virus in check until a vaccine is available,” Wilborn wrote Tuesday.

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    Carol Ulmer

    November 17, 2020 at 5:17 pm

    Thanks to Paul Wilborn for keeping the Palladium safe. We went to hear La Lucha last week and felt totally comfortable. Unfortunately, too many people are being careless and not heeding the CDC warnings resulting in a rise in COVID cases in St. Pete. Last Saturday evening, as we walked past the restaurant and bar crowds along Beach Drive to Mahaffey to hear the Florida Orchestra, there was no social distancing and almost no one wore a mask. Too many people ruining the city for the rest of us.

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