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Covid Policy

UPDATED APRIL 1, 2022:  The Erie Playhouse, along with the other Erie Performing Arts and Cultural Organizations, has updated our COVID policy.  It is our hope this unified policy allows for the greatest ease and consistency for all patrons.

In accordance with changes in guidelines from the CDC, masks are recommended but no longer required for performances from the following organizations, effective April 1, 2022: Erie Playhouse, Erie Philharmonic, All An Act, Dramashop, PACA, Jefferson Educational Society, and Mercyhurst Institute for Arts & Culture (MIAC).

As long as Erie County, PA, remains in Low or Medium Community Levels, as determined by the CEDC, this new masking policy will remain in effect. Should Erie County return to a High Community Level, masking will revert to mandatory. These levels will be monitored by the partners on a bi-weekly basis.

At this time, guests will still be required to be fully vaccinated with the Moderna, Pfizer, or Johnson & Johnson vaccine and must show proof of vaccination and photo identification at their time of entry into the theater with a valid ticket. “Fully vaccinated” means that on the date of the performance, a guest has received their second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, or their single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, at least 14 days prior.

Guests with a medical condition or closely held religious belief that prevents vaccination must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of the performance start time, or a negative COVID-19 antigen test taken within 24 hours of the performance start time. COVID-19 tests must be administered by an official testing center. Self-administered tests will not be accepted.

Entry will be denied for patrons who do not provide the documentation as required above and ticket purchases will be refunded. This policy applies to all members of a patron’s party.

Masks will be required inside our theatres while community COVID-19 transmission in Erie County reach ‘substantial’ or ‘high’ as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (status available here). Everyone must wear a facial mask covering that completely covers their nose and mouth at all times. Approved facial protective coverings include masks which are constructed of cloth tightly woven fabrics, such as cotton and cotton blends and contains two or three layers of fabric. Gaiters, bandanas, ski masks, scarves, face shields, vented masks, etc. are not approved facial protective coverings. Surgical masks, KN95 masks, and NIOSH-approved N95 respirators are considered to be approved protective coverings.

Our complete COVID-19 protocol guide for staff, volunteers, and patrons can be reviewed here: Playhouse COVID Protocols.