Red Rocks at sunrise (copy)

Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison is operated by the city of Denver.

Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater officials announced Thursday plans to submit multiple variance requests for outdoors spaces by the month's end that would allow the venue to operate with special exemptions to public health orders, if approved.

The popular concert venue in Jefferson County made the announcement on Twitter Thursday afternoon and added that more exciting news regarding concerts and entertainment schedules will be announced in April. 

"In April, we’ll help highlight some exciting announcements about concert and entertainment schedules across the city, including the 80th anniversary of Red Rocks Amphitheatre," the tweet read. 

Currently Red Rocks officials are figuring out what exactly the variance request will look like, said Brian Kitts, the marketing and communication manager for Denver Art and Venues in an email statement to The Denver Gazette. 

"We're not done with the variance yet, so it's a little premature (to discuss possible exemptions)," Kitts wrote. "The variances require attention to ingress, egress, concessions, bathrooms and other issues, in addition to capacities. So, we'll be answering those questions in order to get to a point where outdoor venues can open safely."

Other variances that have been approved by local and state officials for Denver include museums, restaurants, gyms and recreation centers, which are allowed to operate at 50% capacity. 

Officials acknowledge on Thursday that concert-goers might have a different experience than years past, and are encouraging everyone to continue following COVID-19 guidelines to help bring live shows back to the amphitheater. 

"We’re excited to see COVID numbers improve and are hopeful that, while it won’t be a completely 'normal' summer, our community is getting back to the business of fun. It’s up to all of us to help in the goal of opening our venues, so mask up," the tweet read. 


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