BOSTON (AP) – The Boston Symphony Orchestra will require all members of the public attending performances at Symphony Hall this fall to provide proof of vaccination or proof of a negative test result, the orchestra said on Tuesday.
Customers will also be required to wear a mask during concerts, unless eating or drinking, the organization said in an emailed statement. Physical distancing will not be required.
“By requiring vaccinations and masks, we hope that people feel comfortable at concerts and know that we are doing everything possible to create a safe environment to come together for the collective experience of live music,” said President and CEO Gail Samuel.
The orchestra has taken a break from live performances due to the coronavirus pandemic. When he announced his new season in June, he said proof of vaccination and masks would not be required. This was before an increase in cases caused by the highly contagious delta variant.
Proof of vaccination includes showing a vaccination card, photo of the card or a digital vaccination record at the entrance to Symphony Hall, the BSO said. For children under 12 who are not yet eligible for a coronavirus vaccine, proof of a negative test will be accepted for entry.
Customers who cannot show proof of vaccination can either show proof of a negative PCR test performed within the previous 72 hours or an antigen test performed within the previous 24 hours.
The BSO has also updated its air filtration system and cleaning protocols to keep customers safe.
The new season begins September 30.
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