Charlotte Symphony to require vaccine or negative COVID test for indoor shows

CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte Symphony announced Friday that anyone attending performances at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center will be required to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test.

The new policy will go into effect on the Symphony’s Opening Night at the Knight Theater on Oct. 15.

According to the Charlotte Symphony, those who show proof of vaccine must also have a matching valid photo identification at every performance and the final dose of the vaccine must have been administered at least 14 days before entry.

Guests who are unvaccinated, including those under 12 years of age, 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 before the start of the performance, along with valid photo ID.

Documentation of vaccination or test results may be hard copy or digital. It must also clearly state the name of the guest and date of vaccination or test.

In addition to the vaccination requirement, the Charlotte Symphony will require all guests, age 2 and above, to wear masks indoors in all our venues, except when consuming food or beverage in designated areas. Food and drink will not be allowed inside the concert hall.

The Charlotte Symphony said the decision to require proof of vaccination for patrons was made after careful consideration and consultation with Atrium Health, the City of Charlotte and its partners at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center to keep audiences, musicians and staff safe.

The policies are subject to change as the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, according to the Charlotte Symphony. Ticket-holders are encouraged to check the Symphony’s most recent Health and Safety guidelines here.

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