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Seattle Opera.

COVID Safety

What to Expect at Seattle Opera In-Person Events

General Information

Updated 1/5/2022

Audience safety is a critical part of our reopening plan and we know it's very important to you too. It is difficult to predict today what every safety procedure may look like over the course of the next year. At a minimum, we will always follow guidelines outlined by the CDC, state and local public health officials and we are likely to have protocols that exceed what is required.

Safety protocols will change and evolve regularly. Please check this page before you come to an event. As of January 5, 2022, here is what you can expect at our events.

  • Audience members, including children under age 12, are required to be vaccinated or show proof or negative COVID-19 test for the 2021/22 season for all performances and public events at McCaw Hall and the Opera Center.
    • Seattle Opera will require adults to show ID with their vaccination or negative test record for exempted persons.
    • Self-reported negative test results that are not from a test provider, a laboratory, or a health care provider will not be accepted. 
    • Please read details below on vaccination, and negative test requirements.
  • Masks will be required at all Seattle Opera events for the entire 2021/22 season regardless of vaccine status except while eating or drinking in designated areas. 
  • Orpheus & Eurydice, at Tagney Jones Hall in the Opera Center, is sold out. Seating is bench style, with no arm rests. We are not able to accommodate social distancing requests. Please carefully assess your comfort level in this seating environment and contact us if you'd like to make a change to our streaming option.    
    • We strongly encourage the use of KN95 masks at Orpheus and Eurydice performances per recommendations from public health. We will have a supply on hand for ticketholders to use.
  • Seating for McCaw Hall performances is in the standard configuration and you will be seated next to other ticketholders. We are not required by public health to have socially distanced seating in place at any venue.
  • Seattle Opera employees are required to be vaccinated and those involved with the production undergo regular COVID testing.
  • If you test positive for COVID within 10 days of attending a Seattle Opera event or performance please call us at 206.389.7676.
  • Beginning January 2022, we will require all youth program participants, including Teen Vocal Studio and Youth Opera participants, to provide proof of vaccination or a weekly negative PCR COVID test. We are also requiring health screenings, masks at all times, and have reduced the size of our programs to provide for social distancing. Our safety procedures may change in accordance to changing state and federal public health recommendations.

 

COVID SAFETY SPECIFICS

  • PERFORMANCES AND PUBLIC EVENTS: Seattle Opera requires ID and proof of COVID-19 vaccination (or proof of a negative COVID-19 test for exempted persons including children under 12) for audience members at all public events at McCaw Hall and the Opera Center.
    • Children under 12 and people with a medical condition or closely held religious belief that prevents vaccination must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of the performance start time, or a negative COVID-19 antigen test taken within 12 hours of the performance start time.
    • Children attending with their parents/guardians/adults do not need ID.
    • Children under the age of 12 must have proof of negative COVID test if they are not fully vaccinated.
  • YOUTH PROGRAMS: Beginning January 2022, we will require all youth program participants to provide proof of vaccination or a weekly negative PCR COVID test. We are also requiring health screenings, masks at all times, and have reduced the size of our programs to provide for social distancing. All Seattle Opera staff are fully vaccinated. Our safety procedures may change in accordance to changing state and federal public health recommendations.
  • The following are acceptable as proof of full vaccination (for persons over the age of 12):
    • Vaccination card (which includes name of person vaccinated, type of vaccine provided, and date last dose administered).
    • A printed photo of the attendee’s vaccination card.
    • A photo of the attendee’s vaccine card stored on a phone or electronic device.
    • A QR code from WAVerify.org or your vaccine record from MyIR.net
    • Documentation of vaccination from a healthcare provider electronic health record.
    • Fully vaccinated means that your final vaccination was more than 14 days prior to the date of your performance.

    Self-reported vaccination records that are not verified by a health care provider cannot be accepted.

  • The following are acceptable as proof of a negative COVID-19 test result (for children under 12 and those with religious or medical exemptions):
    • Printed document (from the test provider or laboratory). The information provided should include name of person tested, type of test performed, and date of negative test result. The date of the test must be within 72 hours of the performance start time for PCR tests, or within 12 hours of the performance start time for an antigen test.
    • An email or text message displayed on a phone or electronic device from the test provider or laboratory. The information provided should include name of person tested, type of test performed, and date of negative test result. The date of the test must be within 72 hours of the performance start time for PCR tests, or within 12 hours of the performance start time for an antigen test.

    Self-reported negative test results that are not from a test provider, a laboratory, or a health care provider cannot be accepted. At home tests can not be accepted.

  • McCaw Hall features include:
    • For the foreseeable future, McCaw Hall will be circulating 100% fresh air for all events.
    • Fresh air into the auditorium is served from hundreds of vent caps in the floor and then is fed out through vents in the ceiling. This provides for the best