Reprinted with permission from The Charlotte Observer

The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra will require all guests to provide proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test at indoor concerts starting next month, the group announced Friday.

The new requirement will begin at the Symphony’s Opening Night at the Knight Theater on October 15. All fully vaccinated guests (meaning two weeks after the final dose of the COVID-19 shot) must provide proof of vaccination along with a matching photo ID at every performance.

Unvaccinated guests, including children, must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours before the start of the performance or a negative Rapid Antigen test taken within 24 hours of the start of the performance, along with a photo ID. As well, all guests ages 2 and older are required to wear masks indoors in all venues, except when consuming food or drinks. Additional COVID-19 safety information is available at the Charlotte Symphony website.

In a news release, the symphony said the decision to require proof of vaccination was made “after careful consideration and consultation with Atrium Health, the city of Charlotte, and our partners at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center to keep audiences, musicians and staff safe.”

The symphony resumed limited indoor rehearsals in October 2020 after taking a break in March because of the pandemic.

Blumenthal Performing Arts, which hosts the Charlotte Symphony events, does not have a vaccination or testing requirement for ticket buyers, spokeswoman Rebecca Bereiter told the Charlotte Observer in an email.

“Blumenthal Performing Arts supports allowing our tenants and resident groups to establish health protocols they believe are appropriate for their audience and which are consistent with guidance from health and public officials,” she said. “All guests at Blumenthal venues are required to wear masks indoors, she said.

The Charlotte Symphony joins music venues and other performing arts groups across Charlotte in issuing the vaccination requirement.

Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte, the resident theater company at Queens University of Charlotte, began requiring proof of full vaccination along with photo ID at all performances on Sept. 13.

Music venues including The Evening Muse and Neighborhood Theatre in NoDa and The Visulite Theatre on Elizabeth Avenue all began requiring COVID vaccinations or negative tests in August. Petra’s in Plaza Midwood also began requiring proof of vaccine for all shows and events last month, and starting Oct. 4, PNC Music Pavilion will require performers, fans and employees to show proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test results.

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