The Erie Playhouse, along with Erie theatres Dramashop, All An Act, and PACA, is excited to welcome the community back safely this fall. We have joined together to implement the health and safety protocols below in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our goal is to protect patrons, visitors, staff, artists, and volunteers, as well as mitigate the potential for the spread of COVID-19 in our community. These protocols will be updated in accordance with CDC and Erie County guidelines on an ongoing basis. This is not only intended to keep our patrons safe, but to allow them to sit back and enjoy our performances with peace of mind.
Guests will 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.
Until all children have access to a vaccine, patrons under the age of 12 must wear a mask at all times, except for children under the age of 2, and they must be accompanied by an adult that meets the above vaccination requirements.
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, or 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.
For further details about these and other COVID-related preventative measures that each theatre is providing for the safety of their audiences and artists, it is important that patrons confirm the details of the venue they are attending.
We are eager and excited to once again return to live theatre, but we as a community must first do our part. Monitor your health and the health of your family. If you feel ill for any reason, please do not come to the theatre. Your health and safety, and that of our other patrons, our artists and our staff is our highest priority. We appreciate your cooperation as we work to re-open our theaters as safely as possible and look forward to seeing you soon!