Hackensack Meridian Health‘s Keeping America Safe Assist Program: We’re Endorsed


Keeping America Safe

The Count Basie Center for the Arts has proudly earned the endorsement of Hackensack Meridian Health’s Keeping America Safe Assist Program. The program from our longtime Basie Center supporters has been established to share best practices in safety, cleanliness, educating and testing. The Basie Center and business owners throughout the region are working with the Keeping America Safe Assist Program to address concerns such as:

• How can we best protect our employees and customers?
• What policies and protocols need to be in place?
• How can we reconfigure our environment to accommodate for social distancing?
• What should we do if someone tests positive for COVID-19?

The Keeping America Safe Assist Program team visited the Basie Center, reviewed its policies and protocols related to COVID-19, and endorsed the precautions we’re taking to assure customer, employee and performing artist safety. These protocols include our “ground rules” listed below and on each event detail page, the cleaning procedures we employ before, during and after each performance, and the socially-distanced setup we’ve employed for enjoying a performance at The Vogel, our new, socially-distanced performance venue, as well as the Pop-Up Stage at the Basie Center’s Hackensack Meridian Health Theatre.

Click here for more information on Hackensack Meridian Health’s Reopening America Assist Program.



Safety Procedures & Protocols at The Vogel & The Pop-Up Stage

When patrons visit The Vogel or any event at the Count Basie Center for the Arts, they can expect to see the following protocols and safety procedures:

  • Shows will be seated, with tables sold in “Table For Two,” “Table For Four” and “Table For Six” configurations only.
  • Tables will be positioned 6’ apart, with the front row of tables 12’ from the performers.
  • Only 150 seats will be available for performances.
  • Drinks and concessions will be sold tableside; i.e.: no lining up at bars.
  • Patrons must wear masks at all times while inside The Vogel or the Pop-Up Stage at Hackensack Meridian Health Theatre, except when eating or drinking. No “gaiters” or bandanas are permitted.
  • Patrons will be expected to abide by social distancing norms while attending events at The Vogel or the
  • Pop-Up Stage at Hackensack Meridian Health Theatre.
  • Temperatures will be taken at the door. Patrons with a body temperature of 100.4 or higher will not be permitted to enter. A refund will be issued.
  • Fans must remain seated at their purchased table.
  • For nights with two shows, entry for the second show will begin once the previous crowd is cleared and the venue is cleaned / sanitized.
  • Restrooms will be limited to two (2) patrons at a time.
  • Tables will not be permitted to be split and resold. Patrons holding resold tickets will be denied entry and refunds will not be offered.
  • Events at The Vogel and the Pop-Up Stage at Hackensack Meridian Health Theatre will utilize Ticketmaster’s touch-less, mobile entry system. Your ticket for events at the Vogel will be located within the Ticketmaster smartphone app. under “My Tickets.” No paper tickets will be accepted.
  • Patrons will be required to remain seated, unless getting up to leave or use restrooms.
  • Venue security will enforce ground rules, which will follow current CDC and State of New Jersey guidelines for indoor events.
  • There is no re-entry.

Once inside, patrons will be escorted to their tables. Disposable menus will be available, and wait service will visit throughout the evening to take drink and snack orders. Both The Vogel and the Pop-Up Stage at the Basie Center’s Hackensack Meridian Health Theatre offer a full bar with thoughtfully curated wine and snack options.


Disclaimer: An entity’s use of the Hackensack Meridian Health (“HMH”) Endorsement Seal of Approval (“Seal”) establishes that the entity has formally engaged HMH to guide its documentation and processes with respect to the entity’s preparations for the return of its work force and customers.  The content in any document or any particular process guidelines containing the Seal is based on the acquired knowledge, experience and best practices established by HMH in its involvement with COVID-19, which took into account the then current governmental and regulatory guidelines (as of date provided by HMH).  The Seal establishes HMH’s recommendations.  The Seal is not an endorsement or guaranty that any particular document or process is superior to other documents or processes and should not be construed by the entity or any third party as such, including but not limited to the entity’s workforce, customers or visitors.  The Seal should not be relied upon as a basis for making any business, legal or any other decisions by the entity or the entity’s workforce, customers or visitors.  The entity, as well as the entity’s workforce, customers and visitors agree that the entity’s use of the Seal does not afford any of them the ability to make a claim of any kind against HMH, or any of its affiliated entities, or their respective directors, officers, trustees, employees, agents or subcontractors for any and all damages that result from the use of the Seal.  And the entity, as well as the entity’s workforce, customers and visitors,  understands that much of the content provided by HMH remains relevant, but that the governmental and regulatory guidelines continue to change and although a Seal is provided, the governmental and regulatory guidelines may require further updating of the documents and/or processes.
WAIVER OF LIABILITY AND ASSUMPTION OF RISK. All attendees, by purchasing a ticket and/or attending the event, agree to assume all of the risks, hazards and dangers that may arise from, or relate in any way to, the risk of contracting a communicable disease or illness (including exposure to COVID-19, a bacteria, virus, or other pathogen capable of causing a communicable disease or illness) whether occurring before, during, or after the event, however caused or contracted. Therefore, anyone who purchases a ticket and/or attends the event, hereby waives any and all claims against the Count Basie Center for the Arts, the artist, and/or all related sponsors relating to all risks of personal injury, sickness, permanent disability and/or death.