Denver Center for Performing Arts to require COVID-19 vaccinations and masks

Denver’s marquee performing arts companies, including Colorado Ballet, Opera Colorado, Colorado Symphony and Denver Center for the Performing Arts, will require masks and proof of vaccination to enter upcoming shows.

The new health and safety rules, announced Wednesday for all resident companies at the city-owned Denver Performing Arts Complex, follow the cancelation of national tours and tightening of restrictions at local concerts and music festivals by promoters and venue owners at every level.

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The new rules go into effect on Oct. 1, according to a press statement, and will continue indefinitely. They cover all attendees 12 and up, and those age 11 and under will require a PCR test taken within 72 hours of the performance start time or a negative COVID-19 antigen test taken within six hours of the performance start time.

All audience members 2-years-old and older are required to wear masks. Food and drinks — the latter an especially popular addition to most performances — will no longer be permitted inside the theaters.

“In addition to this new policy, we will introduce touchless digital tickets,” said DCPA president and CEO Janice Sinden in the statement. “Plus, we have already installed hand sanitizer stations, increased cleaning of high-touch surfaces, and greatly improved fresh air flow, filtration and sanitization.”

The policy applies to all ticketed public performances in Boettcher Concert Hall, Ellie Caulkins Opera House, and the Buell, Garner Galleria, Wolf, Kilstrom, Singleton and Jones theaters, officials said, although they’re still figuring out “the process to verify vaccine information,” according to the statement.

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The rules may also extend to major performances such as Colorado Ballet’s lucrative “Nutcracker” shows and touring Broadway blockbusters such as “The Lion King” (Dec. 2, 2020-Jan. 2, 2022) and “Hamilton” (Feb. 16-March 27, 2022).

For more information and updates to the policy, visit denvercenter.org/reopening.

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