COVID Safety

Note on Covid Policies (April 18, 2022):

Like so much of the country, we were deeply relieved and pleased when the CDC adapted their guidelines regarding Covid-19 mitigation best practices on February 25, 2022. As of this writing, Allegheny County is still considered “low risk.” Here’s a link to the new CDC data calculations. However, we are starting to see a significant rise in Covid infections due to the most recent sub-variant, BA.2. This current variant is at least 30 times more contagious than the first iteration of Omicron, which surged hospitals in December and January, though early data, thankfully. Due to the ongoing risk from Covid-19, we have extended our audience safety policies through the end of our producing season, which closes on May 22 with The Garbologists.

We thank you, in advance, for your partnership in keeping our community safe and for following these procedures.

Namely, we still require proof of vaccination or a negative test to attend a show at City Theatre. And masks are still required when in the theater and other designated areas. Now, we, too, enjoy a good drink, so we have re-opened our bar and concession stand in the Gordon Lounge and allow masks to be removed when eating or drinking (but only then!).

All season long, there has been an overwhelmingly positive response from our patrons regarding our safety policies, with gratitude for our efforts to keep everyone safe. We’re confident this support will continue even if our practices are slightly more restrictive than many other environments, such as bars and restaurants. There are many reasons for this, including:

–The rapidly increasing infection numbers, which may actually be an undercount according to some experts due to rise in at-home testing, demonstrates that BA.2 is becoming more prevalent in Allegheny County (as is highly infectious).

–We continue to work closely with three separate theatrical unions, of which our artists on and off-stage are members, and we entered into specific contracts this season with commitments around our organizational Covid safety measures (which included policies for our audiences). We are committed to honoring these agreements and want to make sure our guest artists are fully supported.

–We remain determined to keep folks as safe as we can. “Low risk” does not mean “no risk,” especially for individuals – both on our staff and in our audience – who are more susceptible to serious illness from Covid-19. That’s why our staff is fully vaccinated (including boosters for those eligible) and will always wear masks this season when with the public.

–We made commitments to audiences, too, about our Covid policies. Many of our subscribers came back to performances last fall because of these measures – we want to honor our word to those who stuck with us, even when it felt like the whole industry was having significant Covid outbreaks and might grind to a halt.

We will continue to monitor how the pandemic progresses and we will adapt our policies when we can. But for now, we just ask that folks keep at it and enjoy our shows even from behind a mask! Thank you.

Read-on for our current Covid-19 safety policies:



Current City Theatre Covid Safety Protocols for Audiences & Guests 

Policy (as of January 18, 2022) 

City Theatre has implemented a series of mitigation procedures to contribute to a safe and healthy environment for audiences, staff, volunteers, and artists of City Theatre. Call the Box Office at (412) 431-2489 or email with any questions. 

We continue to monitor local data on the spread of Covid-19, especially with the spread of the Omicron variant. Visit and search “Allegheny County, PA” for current statistics. 

The following protocols are currently in place: 

Proof of vaccination (or a recent negative test for those unable to be vaccinated due to age, medical, or religious reasons) is required of all audiences and must be presented before entry to the venue. Full vaccination policy is detailed below. We highly recommend that all individuals receive a booster shot, when eligible per the CDC, in addition to being fully vaccinated. 

All guests and staff are required to wear masks when indoors at City Theatre at all times. Masks must cover both the mouth and nose and be constructed with double-layer cloth or, ideally, be N-95 or KN-95 masks. We strongly encourage all guests to wear a N-95 or KN-95 mask, which are worn by all staff, per the recent CDC recommendation.  Unfortunately, face-shields do not provide sufficient protection to Covid-19 and are not acceptable alternatives to wearing a mask (wearing both are fine!). 

Questions? Call the box office at (412) 431-2489 or email 


City Theatre Vaccination Policy (in detail): 

VACCINATIONS ARE REQUIRED for all audiences attending performances at City Theatre. Guests must be fully vaccinated with the Moderna, Pfizer, or Johnson & Johnson vaccines. We will also accept those international vaccines approved by the World Health Organization: Oxford-AstraZeneca; Covishield; Sinopharm; and Sinovac 

All attendees must show proof of vaccination at their time of entry into the Theatre and must do so every time they attend. Proof or documentation of vaccination can be presented by showing a provider’s vaccination card or a clear photocopy or digital photo via a Smartphone of the card. City Theatre will not record or store patron vaccination status—so bring proof each and every time! 

“Fully vaccinated” means on the day of the performance, a guest is:  

The only allowable exemptions to presenting proof of vaccine are as follows:  

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:  

Please note: Tests should be provided as either a digital, online print-out, or hard-copy of results from an official testing site or medical center. Unfortunately, we cannot accept physical examples of current at-home tests as we cannot confirm when the test was conducted 

Entry will be denied for guests who do not provide the documentation as required above—no exceptions. If you forget the required documentation, we will gladly re-schedule you into another performance.  

The proof of vaccination policy, subject to regular review and updating, is in place through the end of the 2021-2022 season.