With the delta variant on the rise, safety precautions have tightened at local performing arts venues.
The Linda: WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio announced earlier this week that it would require proof of vaccination for all guests, staff and artists ages 12 and over beginning Monday. Ticket holders who cannot prove they are fully vaccinated, whether through a vaccination card or the NYS Excelsior Pass, will be refunded.
Before that, The Linda also implemented a mask policy, as did many in the Capital Region Arts Restart Coalition.
“While we have been pleased, in recent months, to begin reopening our doors to audiences, we must all acknowledge that the pandemic continues. Patron, artist, and staff safety is our top priority, and we have collectively decided, given the recent increased virus caseload in our region, to follow guidance from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and require that patrons wear masks at indoor events at our venues, effective immediately,” the coalition said in a statement.
The policy applies to the following venues: Proctors Collaborative, the Palace Theatre, Saratoga Performing Arts Center’s indoor spaces, Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Cohoes Music Hall, Capital Repertory Theatre, The Egg Performing Arts Center, Universal Preservation Hall, Caffè Lena, Hudson Hall and at all performances by Albany Symphony Orchestra.
Live Nation, which presents shows at SPAC, among other venues, also issued updated guidance last week concerning COVID-19.
After Oct. 4, Live Nation’s fully owned and operated venues and festivals in the U.S. will be requiring all artists and fans to either show proof of COVID vaccination or a negative COVID test, where permitted by law.
Also after Oct. 4, all Live Nation employees will need to be fully vaccinated in order to work at or visit one of its events, venues, or offices.
Live Nation has also developed best practices for artists to request these policies at third-party venues.
“Vaccines are going to be your ticket back to shows, and as of Oct.4 we will be following the model we developed for Lollapalooza and requiring this for artists, fans and employees at Live Nation venues and festivals everywhere possible in the U.S.,” said Michael Rapino, president and CEO, Live Nation Entertainment.
Maroon 5, which is slated to perform at SPAC on Sept. 13, announced yesterday that it will require either proof of a negative test result within 48 hours of the show or proof of vaccination.
“We want you to know that our top priority is the safety and well-being of our fans as well as that of the hard-working men and women who make these events possible,” the band wrote in a statement.
It’s not clear yet if other artists performing at SPAC this season will change their policies. For updates, visit livenation.com.