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(UPDATED: March 9, 2021) We are excited to have you return and join us in creating new and exciting experiences!  In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ryan Center, University of Rhode Island, and Spectra Venue Management have worked together to create a comprehensive plan in preparation for opening our doors safely when we can. 

Our new procedures and protocols will be in place to best protect you, and everyone inside the facility.   Please check back often for updates on opening as we implement guidelines to ensure your safe return.


Clear Bag Policy:

To minimize contact and ensure a faster entry process, the Ryan Center is moving to a clear bag policy for the 2021 Fall Season.


Everyone is required to wear masks at all times except while actively eating or drinking in your seat as permitted. Masks must cover your nose and mouth. 

Mobile Ticketing/Touchless Scanning:

We are introducing new touchless options at the facility including mobile ticketing and touchless scanning at entry points to reduce contact between individuals.  Mobile ticket delivery is an electronic delivery method by which your tickets are emailed directly to you and displayed on your smartphone device.  You will then scan your barcode/ticket to enter the facility independently and without contact with a staff member. 

Stay Home if Sick:

Guest should stay home if they:

  • Are sick or have COVID-19 symptoms (such as fever, a sore throat, chills, cough, shortness of breath, congestion, nausea, or vomiting). 
  • Have been in close contact with an individual diagnosed or exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms within the past 14 days. 
  • Have been directed to self-isolate or quarantine by a health care provider or public health official. 
  • Are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test. 

Social Distancing:

Guests must practice physical distancing at all times inside Ryan Center by maintaining at least six (6) feet of distance between other patrons outside of their immediate party. This includes but is not limited to entry, exiting, and seating.

Wash Hands:

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the restroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. 

URI Self Screening:

All visitors to campus are required to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and may not come to campus if ill or exhibiting symptoms.



Air Filtration:

Enhancements included the replacement of current HVAC filters with higher MERV-rated filters that capture more air contaminants. We will be using a final filter with a MERV-15 rating and a pre-filter with a MERV-9 rating. These filters are typically used in hospital and cleanroom applications and will assist in maintaining clean airflow throughout the Ryan Center.

Also, when weather conditions allow, we are able to take in as much outside air as possible which would help in circulating new fresh air in addition to our filters in place.

Cleaning and Disinfecting Procedures:

Following recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and local authorities, we are focused on the disinfection of high-touch surfaces, such as doorknobs, escalators, elevator buttons, and bathrooms. Spectra at the Ryan Center has purchased Victory Innovations Electrostatic Disinfectant Sprayers that will be used to get a deeper and broader reach of disinfecting all areas of the venue.

Hand Sanitizer Stations:

Hand sanitizer dispensers throughout the facility.

Social distancing entrance and exiting:

Entrance & Exit procedures may change for various events to utilize additional space and reduce the volume of guests in specific areas.  As guests return, we are continuing to limit crowding in all areas of the facility.  Please check the event page for more information about a specific event.

Staff Training:

All Ryan Center staff have received training on CDC recommended guidelines and procedures, as well as the personal protective equipment necessary to do their job.  All part-time staff, as well as vendors, are required to follow all safety guidelines inside and on the grounds of the Ryan Center.

We have taken enhanced health and safety measures to protect our venue guests. However, there is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death..By entering the venue, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19, and Venue disclaims any and all liability related thereto. In accordance with the guidance and recommendations set forth by the CDC and local health officials, we respectfully request that the following guests not attend tonight’s event: 

• Guests who are feeling sick or experiencing cold or flu-like symptoms (including fever, cough and shortness of breath); 
• Guests who have been diagnosed with, or believe to have contracted, COVID-19, unless you have had no fever for 72 hours (without the use of medicine) and 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared; and
• Guests who have not been fully vaccinated and have been in contact with an individual diagnosed with COVID-19 within the past 14 days.