COVID Safety

Updated August 19, 2021


City Theatre Announces Proof of Vaccination Requirement for Audiences 
Throughout the pandemic, City Theatre has remained committed to following the best available science in determining its Covid safety protocols. Our first priority has been, and will continue to be, creating the safest environment possible for our audiences, artists, staff, and volunteers.  
The science and the data tell a very clear story. The most effective path for defeating the pandemic is widespread vaccination against the virus. The three available vaccines all demonstrate high efficacy against illness, especially significant sickness, hospitalization, and death. Ninety-five percent (95%) of current hospitalizations are unvaccinated patients. Mask-wearing is the next best deterrent in battling Covid-19. Deploying both layers of mitigation is, by far, the most impactful thing to prevent further community spread, especially as the Delta variant is so prevalent, both here in Pittsburgh and across the country. 
City Theatre encourages anyone eligible and able to take the vaccine. Do it for your own health, your neighbors’, and for the entire community. And all of us should wear masks when in public and indoors.  
To help do our part in ensuring the health and safety of all of us, effective immediately City Theatre will NOW REQUIRE PROOF OF VACCINE for all patrons attending events at City Theatre. Everyone – staff and audiences – WILL BE REQUIRED TO WEAR MASKS.  
As we approach our 47th season, we have no desire to yet again have to cancel productions. The domino effect of this would be devastating. For us to reopen, this is, by far, the best course of action. Today, we join in solidarity with over 20 other local performing arts organizations and venues in adopting similar policies.  
Additionally, as we prepare for the year ahead, we are taking other measures to ensure the most healthy environment possible, including limiting capacity at our performances, requiring all staff and volunteers to be fully vaccinated, re-designing our lobby, and have upgraded our HVAC systems.  
At the heart of theater is collaboration. It will take all of us defeat the pandemic and put these last 18 months behind us. Let’s collaborate on a public health victory. 
Visit for full details about these protocols. 
Announced in partnership with: Attack Theatre, barebones productions, Belle Voci, City of Asylum, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, MCG Jazz, Off The Wall/Carnegie Stage, Pittsburgh Public Theater, Pittsburgh Symphony, Pittsburgh Playhouse, Quantum Theatre, and Pittsburgh Cultural Trust as well as the downtown Cultural District Venues: Arcade Comedy Theater, August Wilson African American Cultural Center, Benedum Center, Byham Theater, Greer Cabaret Theater, Harris Theater, Heinz Hall, Liberty Magic, O’Reilly Theater, and 937 Liberty. 

2021 Coronavirus Vaccination Policy 

VACCINATIONS ARE REQUIRED. Guests will need to be fully vaccinated with the Moderna, Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson vaccine and must show proof of vaccination at their time of entry into the Theatre with their valid ticket. 
“Fully vaccinated” means on the day of the performance date as shown on the valid ticket, a guest is: 

Proof of vaccination must come directly from the healthcare provider that performed the vaccination. Guests may display proof on a smartphone or present a physical copy. Digital Vaccination Passport Apps are also acceptable. 
The only exceptions are: 

For guests who are not able to be vaccinated for one of the reasons listed above, they must provide proof one of the following instead of evidence of vaccination: 

Entry will be denied for guests who do not provide the documentation as required above. 
All staff and patrons will also be required to wear masks while indoors at City Theatre. 
These policies are in place through at least November 30, 2021. 
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More Information
Allegheny Health Department
Center for Disease Control 
PA Health Department