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Proctors to require proof of COVID vaccination

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Proctors Collaborative announced Friday it will require proof of COVID vaccination at all seated, theatrical performances for those 12 and up through November 15.

The new policy impacts two shows, including the world premiere of “The Right Girl,” which runs from Oct. 13- Nov. 10 at Proctors and “Ethel Waters: His Eye Is On the Sparrow” at Capital Repertory Theatre, which runs Aug. 20 through Sept. 26.

Ticket-holders are required to show proof of COVID vaccination with a physical vaccination card, a photograph of the card or a digital vaccination record (such as the Excelsior Pass). Attendees must be fully vaccinated, meaning their last dose must have been administered at least 14 days before the event. They will also have to provide a photo ID and wear masks while inside the theaters.

“The vaccination policy was already put in place for all staff earlier this summer and when Broadway recently extended its vaccination mandate beyond performers and backstage crew to include audiences, we decided to follow suit,” said Proctors CEO Philip Morris in a statement. “The rise in coronavirus infection rates in the Capital Region dictates enhanced safety measures as part of good public policy, and we do not want to risk our ability to fully restart.”

Ticketholders who can’t meet the vaccination requirements are eligible for a refund, according to a statement from Proctors.
The policy does not apply to non-theatrical activities, such as the “Dinosaurs in Motion” exhibit at Universal Preservation Hall in Saratoga Springs. For updates, visit proctors.org.

Proctors Collaborative isn’t the only arts organization requiring proof of vaccinations in light of the recent rise in coronavirus cases. The Linda: WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio recently announced that it would require both mask-wearing and proof of vaccination for all attendees, staff members and artists starting Aug. 16. Ticket-holders who aren’t vaccinated can request a refund.

Safety restrictions have also tightened at two Live Nation shows at Saratoga Performing Arts Center. Maroon 5, slated to perform at the venue on Sep. 13, announced this week that it would require either proof of vaccination or a COVID-19 negative test. Dead & Company, set to perform at SPAC on Aug. 27, will also require attendees to provide proof of full vaccination or negative test taken within 48 hours of the concert. For updates on other upcoming shows, visit livenation.com.

The Cooperstown Summer Music Festival also announced on Friday that its August and September concerts have been postponed because of the uptick in coronavirus cases. Ticketholders can request a refund or donate the cost of their tickets.

Festival founder and Artistic Director, Linda Chesis, said in a statement that she and the festival artists were heartbroken about the development and were looking forward to rescheduling the concerts when it is deemed safe to gather indoors.
For more information visit cooperstownmusicfest.org.

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