Carnegie Hall, Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera announce vaccine mandates for audiences, artists, staff

Posted on: August 2, 2021

Large photo: Carnegie Hall photo by Richard Termine. Inset: Excelsior Pass, an app for New York residents that displays proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

“As arts presenters gear up for the resumption of live performances, safety procedures to protect audiences as well as staff and artists are undergoing careful scrutiny,” writes Taylor Grant in Friday’s (7/30) Musical America (subscription required). “The recent surge in delta variant cases of Covid-19 has led the San Francisco Opera to tighten protocols, requiring proof of vaccination for all patrons age 12 and older, as well as masking. Previously, patrons were able to attend with proof of a negative Covid test. The company had already been requiring proof of vaccination for anyone entering offices, backstage areas, and other work spaces…. The San Francisco Symphony is discussing updates to its safety protocols. Currently patrons must wear masks, but must not furnish any proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test. In New York, the Metropolitan Opera has followed suit with Carnegie Hall, with a policy of mandatory vaccinations for all patrons as well as artists, orchestra, chorus, and staff…. All audience members must provide in-person verification of vaccination and sign a Covid waiver when purchasing tickets and in pre-performance email confirmations. Face masks will be optional…. Live performances are indeed coming back, but the new normal is decidedly different.”