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Covid-19 vaccination requirements and safety protocols for Washington, D.C. theatres

November 23, 2021 by TodayTix
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Now that theatres across the country are reopening for live performances again, many have put myriad safety protocols in place to ensure the wellbeing of all patrons, and Washington, D.C. is no exception. These protocols will be in effect through at least the end of 2021 and reevaluated at the end of the year.

The Theatre Washington organization has pioneered a Covid-19 safety pledge onto which many D.C.-area theatres have signed. These theatres, at minimum, require all performers and theatre staff to be vaccinated and have vaccination requirements in place for audiences. All audience members at these theatres must present a photo ID and proof of full Covid-19 vaccination, meaning that it has been 14 days since a one-dose vaccine or the second shot of a second-dose vaccine. Certain theatres allow patrons to be unvaccinated if they have a verified medical condition or religious belief that prevents it. These patrons must show proof of a recent negative Covid-19 test result. Exact timing is determined by each venue.

Now that a vaccine has been approved for children under 12, those audience members can present proof of vaccination, but many theatres still allow young children to present a negative test instead. 

Below are details on vaccination requirements at theatres in D.C. and nearby areas, as well as additional safety protocols each theatre is taking. These may include mask-wearing, social distancing, ventilation, increased cleaning, and more. You can purchase tickets to shows at all the below venues on TodayTix.

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Arena Stage

All audience members at Arena Stage must present a photo ID and proof of full Covid-19 vaccination to enter the theatre. Physical and electronic cards, including photos of cards, are acceptable. Those unable to be vaccinated must present proof of a negative rapid Covid-19 antigen test taken within six hours of the performance. All audience members, vaccinated or not, must wear masks in the theatre at all times, except when actively eating or drinking in certain designated areas.

Arena Stage has also implemented HVAC systems with MERV13 filters for increased ventilation inside the theatre. Hand sanitizer stations are available throughout the venue, and door handles, counters, and all shared surfaces are disinfected before, during, and after every performance.

Baltimore Center Stage (Baltimore, MD)

All audience members at Baltimore Center Stage must present a photo ID and proof of full Covid-19 vaccination to enter the theatre. Physical and electronic cards, including photos of cards, are acceptable. Those unable to be vaccinated must present physical or digital proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of the performance. All audience members, vaccinated or not, must wear masks in the theatre at all times, except when actively eating or drinking in certain designated areas.

In addition, Baltimore Center Stage has installed hand sanitizing stations, reduced its audience capacity to accommodate social distancing, and offered digital programs. The theatre is also continually analyzing its HVAC systems to ensure proper air ventilation.

Ford’s Theatre

All audience members at Ford’s Theatre must present a photo ID and proof of full Covid-19 vaccination to enter the theatre. Physical and electronic cards, including photos of cards, are acceptable. Ford’s Theatre does not accept proof of vaccination through mobile or third-party apps.

Those unable to be vaccinated must present proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken within 48 hours of the performance, or an antigen test taken with 24 hours of the performance. All audience members age 3 and older, vaccinated or not, must wear masks in the theatre at all times, except when actively eating or drinking in certain designated areas.

In addition, Ford’s Theatre has upgraded the theatre HVAC systems with MERV13 filters to improve air circulation and increased its cleaning frequency, especially on high-touch surfaces and in restrooms. The theatre offers digital programs and requires all staff to be screened for Covid-19 symptoms upon arriving to the theatre.

The Kennedy Center

All audience members at the Kennedy Center must present a photo ID and proof of full Covid-19 vaccination to enter the theatre. Physical and electronic cards, including photos of cards, are acceptable. Those unable to be vaccinated must present physical or digital proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of the performance. All audience members, vaccinated or not, must wear masks in the theatre at all times, except when actively eating or drinking in certain designated areas.

The Kennedy Center also allows patrons to use the app Bindle to verify their health information ahead of time for faster access to their event upon arrival.

Mosaic Theatre Company

All audience members at Mosaic Theatre Company must present a photo ID and proof of full Covid-19 vaccination to enter the theatre. Physical and electronic cards, including photos of cards, are acceptable. Those unable to be vaccinated must present physical or digital proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken within 48 hours of the performance. All audience members, vaccinated or not, must wear masks in the theatre at all times.

In addition, Mosaic Theatre Company has installed hand sanitizing stations throughout the venue, prohibits eating and drinking to maintain mask-wearing, and has updated its air conditioning system with with MERV13 filters and ionic air purifiers. Seating capacity has been limited, and all chairs are sanitized prior to each performance.

Shakespeare Theatre Company

All audience members at Shakespeare Theatre Company must present a photo ID and proof of full Covid-19 vaccination to enter the theatre. Physical and electronic cards, including photos of cards, are acceptable. Those unable to be vaccinated must present proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken within 48 hours of the performance. Proof of a negative test includes a physical copy of a negative test result, an email from a test provider verifying a negative test result, or an app or webpage that displays a verified negative test result.

All audience members, vaccinated or not, must wear masks in the theatre at all times, except when actively eating or drinking in certain designated areas.

Signature Theatre

All audience members at Signature Theatre must present a photo ID and proof of full Covid-19 vaccination to enter the theatre. Physical and electronic cards, including photos of cards, are acceptable. Signature Theatre also accepts digital cards on the SmartHealth app (for Virginia residents) or the MyIR portal (for Maryland and D.C. residents).

Those unable to be vaccinated must present physical or digital proof of a Covid-19 test taken at a medical provider within 72 hours of the performance, or an at-home test taken the day of the performance. Those who take an at-home test must show photos that include the instructions from the test as well as the negative result next to an electronic device clearly showing the date and time. Signature allows patrons to bring a test and take it at the theatre if they arrive 30 minutes in advance.

All audience members, vaccinated or not, must wear masks in the theatre at all times, except when actively eating or drinking in certain designated areas.

Synetic Theater (Arlington, VA)

All audience members at Synetic Theater must present a photo ID and proof of full Covid-19 vaccination to enter the theatre. Physical and electronic cards, including photos of cards, are acceptable. A QR code on an app and a validated birthdate can also be presented as proof of vaccination. Those unable to be vaccinated must present physical or digital proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of the performance. All audience members, vaccinated or not, must wear masks in the theatre at all times.

In addition, Synetic Theater has implemented more frequent cleaning procedures and installed hand sanitizing stations throughout the lobby. Socially distanced seating is available in certain sections of the theatre.

Theatre J

All audience members at Theatre J must present a photo ID and proof of full Covid-19 vaccination to enter the theatre. Physical and electronic cards, including photos of cards, are acceptable. A QR code on an app and a validated birthdate can also be presented as proof of vaccination. Those unable to be vaccinated must present physical or digital proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of the performance. All audience members, vaccinated or not, must wear masks in the theatre at all times, except when actively eating or drinking in certain designated areas.

In addition, certain performances will offer socially distanced seating.

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

All audience members at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company must present a photo ID and proof of full Covid-19 vaccination to enter the theatre. Physical and electronic cards, including photos of cards, are acceptable. Woolly Mammoth does not accept proof of vaccination through mobile or third-party apps.

Those unable to be vaccinated must present physical or digital proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of the performance. All audience members, vaccinated or not, must wear masks in the theatre at all times, except when actively eating or drinking in certain designated areas.