Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Seattle Opera is requiring audiences to be vaccinated beginning Sept. 1

Mask up and grab your vaccination card—or negative COVID-19 test—before attending a Seattle Opera performance. The organization announced today that beginning on Sept. 1, audience members will be required to be vaccinated for all indoor performances and public events in the 2021/22 season.

The policy was implemented based on the rapid rise of COVID-19 cases, as well as feedback from patrons. Seattle Opera joins the Seattle Symphony, Pacific Northwest Ballet, The 5th Avenue Theatre, ACT - A Contemporary Theatre, Seattle Rep, Village Theatre, and others in the new vaccination requirement.

“Health and safety remain our top priorities, and we’re excited to offer beautiful music and storytelling in McCaw Hall once again,” said General Director Christina Scheppelmann. “We’re committed to making people’s return to live performance as safe and enjoyable as possible.”

When attending a Seattle Opera event, patrons will need to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination (or proof of a negative COVID-19 test for exempted persons) for all public events at McCaw Hall and the Opera Center. As previously announced, masks are required except for when eating or drinking in designated areas.

Children under 12 and people with a medical condition or closely held religious belief that prevents vaccination must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 48 hours of the performance start time. A negative COVID-19 antigen test taken within 12 hours of the performance start time is also acceptable.

Opera Center programs designed for youth will not require vaccination.

Vaccination and masking requirements will likely remain in place for the upcoming season. Seattle Opera will review these policies on an ongoing basis. Relaxing certain measures may be possible when recommended by health officials or when COVID case counts allow. All Seattle Opera staff have been vaccinated.  

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