PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is taking new steps to keep people safe. It is implementing a new bag policy at all of its venues.

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust says they’re easing people into this new policy.

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They are doing this through word of mouth right now. The Trust is letting people know about the new bag policy when they buy tickets at the box office and when they enter the theater before a show.

Monday night, folks made their way inside the Byham Theater for the 7 p.m. showing of “A Musical Christmas Carol.” That’s when folks learned about a new bag policy.

“I actually switched my bag to a smaller bag,” theatergoer Anne Cope said.

Cope switched her bag just to play it safe. She didn’t realize that a new bag policy is being put in place at all Pittsburgh Cultural Trust venues like the Byham Theater and the Benedum Center.

“I think it’s a good idea to lower some risks to anything that could possibly happen,” theatergoer John Bondi said.

“If I want to sneak something in I’m going to sneak something in in my pants, in my coat, underneath my shirt,” theatergoer James Snyder said.

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The new bag policy is now posted on the Trust’s website.

It states that a guest may enter a venue with one bag that is no larger than 16-inches by 16-inches by eight-inches. This includes purses, tote bags, book bags and so on.

All bags could be searched, and guests may be asked to open their jackets before entering.

“I think it’s biased against women. I have a bunch of stuff in my purse and none of it’s that bad,” theatergoer Danielle Katz said.

The Trust says their bag policy has become more specific in light of events going on around the world. It is a policy that’s becoming the norm at venues everywhere, like Heinz Field, which implemented a clear bag policy.

“What’s a person to do if they have a little kid and a diaper bag? Where do you draw the line? I don’t think we should be living in fear,” theatergoer Michaele Parees said.

Security officers at the entrance of the Byham Theater told KDKA’s Amy Wadas that the new bag policy isn’t being enforced yet. It is not clear yet what date this will go into effect.

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