Current City Theatre Covid Safety Protocols for Audiences & Guests
Policy (as of November 26, 2021)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
The following protocols are currently in place:
City Theatre requires all artists, staff, and volunteers to be fully vaccinated. The organization is fully vaccinated.
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.
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. Unfortunately, face-shields do not provide sufficient protection to Covid-19 and are not acceptable alternatives to wearing a mask (wearing both are fine!).
All theater spaces have been inspected by a third-party HVAC expert; maintenance and upgrades have been performed and MERV-13 filters are utilized for all public areas with fresh air cycling increased.
For An Untitled New Play…, City Theatre will again be offering bar and concessions for guests in specifically-marked areas only. Food and drinks may be consumed in a section of the Gordon Lounge (lobby) or in the PPG Courtyard ONLY. No food or drink is allowed in the theater. Patrons may remove their masks briefly to take a sip or bite, but must wear them at all other times.
Patrons should not attend a performance if they have a fever or are displaying any Covid-19 symptoms. Contact the box office to re-schedule your tickets or make other arrangements.
The spaces are professionally cleaned. Sanitizer and wipes are readily available to guests throughout the venue.
All season productions will take place in the larger 254-seat Main Stage. Currently, all performance capacity has been reduced by 15%.
City Theatre will offer a digital streaming version of season productions this fall to provide an alternative viewing experience for patrons not quite ready to return to in-person performances. Stay tuned for information on accessing these performances as they become available after filming and editing.
City Theatre has added a “limited capacity” (or, “pod”) performance to the runs of Live from the Edge and An Untitled New Play…. This performance’s ticketing capacity is limited to 95 seats (40% of total capacity) with additional space between seating pods of single, double, triple, or quad options for patrons.
Live from the Edge: Wednesday, October 27 at 7:00pm
An Untitled New Play…: Wednesday, December 15 at 7:00pm
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:
at least 14 days after their second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine; or
at least 14 days after their single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The only allowable exemptions to presenting proof of vaccine are as follows:
guests under the age of 12, who must be accompanied by an adult that meets our venue’s vaccination requirements; or
guests who need reasonable accommodations due to a medical exception or a sincerely held religious belief (written documentation required). 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:
negative COVID-19 antigen test taken within 24 hours of the performance start time; or
negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of the performance start time.
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. If you forget the required documentation, we will gladly re-schedule you into another performance.
The proof of vaccination policy is in place through at least December 19, 2021, though we anticipate it will be ongoing throughout the season.
In Conclusion/Statement of Philosophy
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 until, at least, case numbers significantly reduce.
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. City Theatre was proud to join in solidarity with over 20 other local performing arts organizations and venues in adopting similar policies in August 2021.
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.
If you have any suggestions or concerns, please contact James McNeel, Managing Director, at email@example.com.