OC Theaters Require Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Attendees
ORANGE COUNTY, CA – The largest performing arts organizations in Orange County on Monday announced an updated health and safety protocol that will require all participants to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before they can punch their tickets.
- Segerstrom Arts Center
- Irvine Barclay Theater
- Pacific Choir
- Pacific Symphony
- Orange County Philharmonic Society
- Soka Performing Arts Center
- South Coast Directory
Toddlers 12 and under, as well as anyone not vaccinated against COVID-19, must show proof of a negative PCR test taken within three days of entering one of the theaters listed. In addition to proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 result, theatergoers are required to wear face masks when in the building at all times, regardless of their vaccination status.
The policy is in effect for all indoor performances starting Monday and will be reassessed as public health needs continue to evolve.
“We have all been surprised at the need to revert to stricter guidelines for reopening performance venues,” Soka Performing Arts Center executive director Renee Bodie said in a statement. “As we pivot and prepare to get our stages back to life, we must carefully consider the safety of our patrons, students, staff and artists as our top priority, as well as the direction of the university and the state.”
According to the press release, the policies and procedures for reopening these Orange County theaters were developed with advice from public health officials, recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and guidelines from the State of California.
“Our hope in providing these enhanced protocols is to ensure the health, safety and well-being of our audience, artists, staff and team,” said Carla Cruz, senior director of communications for the Segerstorm Center for the Arts. “The centre’s safety protocol was briefed by infectious disease experts at UCI at the University of California at Irvine and we have partnered with TRC, an industrial hygiene company, to put protocols in place and improvements to the facilities to provide a safe environment. “