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COVID-19 Health and Safety Policy

The Old Globe Announces COVID-19 Health and Safety Policies for Its Indoor and Outdoor Venues

Proof of Vaccination and Mask Mandates to Take Effect on August 24, 2021

PHOTO EDITORS: General images of The Old Globe and current production photos can be found here.

SAN DIEGO (August 19, 2021) The Old Globe announced that in order to provide the safest and healthiest space possible for patrons, staff, casts, program participants, and crews, as of Tuesday, August 24, 2021, all patrons who attend an event or performance at The Old Globe will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and present proof of vaccination in order to enter its theatres.

“Fully vaccinated” is defined by the CDC as being at least 14 days after the receipt of the second dose of a two-dose vaccine (such as the currently available Pfizer-BioNtech and Moderna) or one dose of a single-dose vaccine (like Johnson & Johnson).

To gain admittance to The Old Globe, all attendees will be required to present a photo ID and proof of vaccination status. Acceptable proof of vaccination is: 1) the physical COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card issued to the patron at the time of vaccination, 2) a photograph of the patron’s COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card, or 3) a digital vaccination record. All residents of California may request a digital vaccination record at https://myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov/.

Patrons who do not receive COVID-19 vaccinations due to medical reasons or sincerely held religious beliefs can attend a production at The Old Globe, but will be required to present the negative results of a COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of entering The Old Globe.

Patrons under the age of 12, whose age does not yet permit vaccination, can attend a production or event at The Old Globe but will be required to wear a mask or present the negative results of a COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of entering The Old Globe’s outdoor theatre, or Copley Plaza when an event occurs.

All documents will be checked by The Old Globe staff members before patrons will be admitted to the theatre. The Old Globe reserves the right to deny admission to any patron who does not provide the necessary documentation or follow any COVID-related policy.

When The Old Globe’s indoor theatres reopen in September, patrons attending performances in those theatres (the Old Globe Theatre or Sheryl and Harvey White Theatres) must wear masks throughout the performance as an additional safety measure.

It is recommended, but not required, that patrons wear masks while attending the production of Hair in the Globe’s outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre. In addition, these recommendations also apply to all events scheduled in the Globe’s Copley Plaza.

“The Old Globe is here to serve the public through theatre. Our goal in enacting these policies is to keep everyone in our community safe while we continue our return to live performance—a return that began with the spectacular production of Hair that opened last Sunday night,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein.

Audrey S. Geisel Managing Director Timothy J. Shields also commented, “These policies were determined after collecting input from a variety of sources, including close consultation with medical and public health authorities. In adopting these policies, we not only take important steps toward providing the safest possible environment for theatre, but we also join major arts and other performance institutions up and down the state who have taken these very steps.”

The Old Globe is currently presenting the American tribal love-rock musical Hair in the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre now through October 3, 2021. The musical features book and lyrics by Gerome Ragni and James Rado, music by Galt MacDermot, and direction by Resident Artist James Vásquez (The Old Globe’s American Mariachi and Tiny Beautiful Things). For more information, visit www.TheOldGlobe.org.

Financial support for The Old Globe is provided by The City of San Diego.

The Theodor and Audrey Geisel Fund provides leadership support for The Old Globe’s year-round activities.

General photos of The Old Globe and current production photos can be found at www.TheOldGlobe.org/Press-Room.

The Tony Award–winning The Old Globe is one of the country’s leading professional not-for-profit regional theatres. Now in its 87th year, the Globe is San Diego’s flagship performing arts institution, and it serves a vibrant community with theatre as a public good. Under the leadership of Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein and the Audrey S. Geisel Managing Director Timothy J. Shields, The Old Globe produces a year-round season of 16 productions of classic, contemporary, and new works on its three Balboa Park stages, including its internationally renowned Shakespeare Festival. More than 250,000 people annually attend Globe productions and participate in the theatre’s artistic and arts engagement programs. Its nationally prominent Arts Engagement Department provides an array of participatory programs that make theatre matter to more people in neighborhoods throughout the region. Humanities programs at the Globe and around the city broaden the community’s understanding of theatre art in all its forms. The Globe also boasts a range of new play development programs with professional and community-based writers, as well as the renowned The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program. Numerous world premieres—such as 2014 Tony Award winner for Best Musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Bright Star, The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!—have been developed at The Old Globe and have gone on to highly successful runs on Broadway and at regional theatres across the country.

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