With the fall show season underway, a group of performing arts organizations in Columbus will require all patrons, staff and volunteers to present full proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to attend. at indoor events starting October 8.
The move comes in response to the notable increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Greater Columbus.
Participating organizations include BalletMet, Chamber Music Columbus, Chamber Music Connection and all the spaces of the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts (CAPA) – Broadway in Columbus, Columbus Children’s Theater, Columbus Symphony, King Arts Complex, Lincoln Theater Association, Opera Columbus , Contemporary American Theater Company (CATCO), Drexel Theater, Jazz Arts Group, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, Shadowbox Live, Short North Stage and some performances at the Jeanne B. McCoy Center for the Arts.
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Anyone attending an arts event or performance must show full proof of vaccination with an Astra Zeneca, J&J, Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or negative COVID test along with their valid ticket and corresponding government issued ID.
According to a press release, this policy was established to ensure that local performance venues remain open as organizations move forward with their fall schedules. No performances scheduled beyond October 8, the Charleen & Charles Hinson Amphitheater in New Albany and the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts are excluded.
The latest COVID-19 policy will coincide with the city’s mask mandate, requiring the use of face coverings in indoor facilities at all times.
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Customers aged 11 and under will not be required to provide proof of a negative test, but will be required to wear masks. A number of exceptions will be in place and can be viewed on the websites of individual organizations.
Each organization will begin to notify ticket holders of specific policy details and entry requirements.
These arts organizations will continue to assess the effects of the ongoing pandemic and adjust security requirements and procedures based on advice from public health officials.
For more information, customers are advised to visit the website of the host organization of the event they plan to attend.