Buffalo Philharmonic, latest orchestra to require audiences to show proof of vaccination or negative COVID test

Posted on: August 26, 2021

“The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is requiring all patrons to show proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test to attend any performance at Kleinhans Music Hall,” writes Maki Becker in Tuesday’s (8/24) Buffalo News (NY). “And, at least for the time being, patrons will have to wear a mask inside the hall, including while seated. The announcement came Tuesday morning, a day after the FDA gave full approval to the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine…. The new policy goes into effect Sept. 11 through Oct. 30 ‘and may be extended if community transmission levels of COVID-19 remain high,’ the BPO said. ‘Many of our neighboring cultural venues in the downtown region are also announcing similar requirements,’ the orchestra added…. Children under 12 are exempt. Masks must be worn at all times and if you don’t have one, one will be provided to you. The BPO is also requiring all staff, musicians, guest artists and contractors working at Kleinhans Music Hall to follow the same rules. Musicians who cannot play their instruments while masked—woodwinds and brass—are exempt from the mask requirement but will be tested prior to each performance.”