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COVID-19 Vaccination and Masking Requirements

We are requiring proof of a COVID-19 vaccination accompanied by a valid photo ID to attend a performance at Court Theatre. In addition, properly worn face masks are required for audiences until further notice.

The safety of our patrons, staff, and artists remains the biggest priority. It is our hope that these additional layers of protection will allow us to all experience the power of live theatre, while reducing the risk of COVID-19.

Patrons arriving at Court Theatre should be prepared to show proof of vaccination accompanied by a valid photo ID in order to attend a performance. Properly-worn masks are also required. 

Theatre is a communal event, and our collective vigilance in these challenging times is critical in ensuring that everyone is able to experience the artistic sustenance offered by live performance.

Link to City of Chicago Vaccine Requirement Information

Providing Proof of Vaccination Status

All visitors to Court Theatre must provide proof of vaccination accompanied by a valid photo ID. By exception, visitors who are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons or due to a sincerely-held religious belief may provide proof of exemption and a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the event start time. University of Chicago students, faculty, other academic appointees, postdoctoral researchers, and staff subject to the University’s vaccine requirements may demonstrate proof of compliance by presenting their UChicago ID at entry.

All visitors must wear a mask while at Court Theatre.

  • Proof of vaccination can easily be provided by showing your physical vaccination card, legible photocopy, or a photo of your card.
  • CDC-approved masks must be worn at all times in all areas of the theatre.
  • If on the day of the performance you are experiencing any COVID symptoms, please stay home and contact the Box Office at (773) 753-4472 for more information about exchanges or digital viewing options.
  • We will continue to evaluate and update these policies as the situation evolves. Check back here for the most up-to-date information.

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens if a patron comes to the theatre but doesn’t have proof of vaccination or proof of a negative COVID test?
Patrons who are not able to show proof of vaccination will not be permitted to enter Court Theatre. They can call the Box Office to exchange their tickets for a future performance when they are able to show proof of vaccination. 

Will the performers wear masks on stage?
The actors will not wear masks while on stage during the performance. Otherwise, masks are required to be worn by everyone at all times throughout the building.

What is a CDC-approved mask?
A list of CDC-approved masks is available here.

Will concessions be available at the theatre?
Currently, we are not offering concessions at performances. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Will printed programs be available?
Yes, there will be printed programs available for patrons, as well as a digital program that can be easily accessed on our website.

More information on COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has created substantial individual and community health risks that likely will remain for the foreseeable future. Even with extensive planning and focus on the community’s health and safety, the University of Chicago cannot eliminate these risks.

This convening is open to all invitees who are compliant with UChicago vaccination requirements and, because of ongoing health risks, particularly to the unvaccinated, participants are expected to adopt the risk mitigation measures (masking and social distancing, etc.) appropriate to their vaccination status as advised by public health officials or to their individual vulnerabilities as advised by a medical professional. Public convening may not be safe for all and carries a risk for contracting COVID-19, particularly for those unvaccinated. Participants will not know the vaccination status of others and should follow appropriate risk mitigation measures.

The University encourages everyone to be vaccinated for COVID-19 at their earliest opportunity, including visitors to campus. More safety precautions are available on this website.

Posted on August 17, 2021 in Theatre News

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