Theater Washington Announces Unified Extension of Covid-19 Safety Requirements at Area Theaters

Theater Washington, in coordination with its partner theaters, announces an extension of previously implemented and updated policies requiring vaccinations and the use of masks in theaters in the Washington, DC region. The policies will remain in effect until at least July 31, 2022.

Theaters across the region continue to come together to provide the highest level of public safety for their audiences, performers, staff, and volunteers. Patrons must show proof that they are fully vaccinated (as defined by each theater) at the time of entry. Patrons may display proof of vaccination with a physical copy of their vaccination card and ID, and theaters may extend other options to provide proof of vaccination as detailed on their websites. Masks will also be required for the public inside the theater, except while eating or drinking in designated places.

Movie theaters will offer exemptions for those who are not vaccinated, such as children who have recently been eligible or not yet, people with certain medical conditions that prevent vaccination, or those with strongly held religious beliefs. These customers must provide proof of a timely negative Covid-19 test, as defined by each venue, prior to the start time of the performance.

For a complete list of participating theaters and policy details, visit the Theater Washington website.

In late March 2022 by Theater Washington and Shugoll’s Limelight Insights, a national market research firm based in Rockville, Maryland, on when and if regional theatergoers wanted current mask and vaccination requirements to end in theaters. cinemas. More than three-quarters of respondents (77%) were very negative about removing the vaccination requirement, and the majority (53%) were not in favor of removing the mask requirement.

Through partnerships and collaborative programs, Theater Washington supports the Washington, DC area professional theater community to celebrate artistic achievement, strengthen the theater workforce, support institutional growth and advancement, and cultivate collective action. Theater Washington’s major programs include: the Helen Hayes Awards, Theater Week, Theater Summit, Theatrical Work, and the Taking Care Fund.

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