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Columbus Performing Arts Venues To Require Proof Of COVID 19 Vaccine Starting Oct 8

The marquee on the Ohio Theatre in downtown Columbus in April 2020.
David Holm
The marquee on the Ohio Theatre in downtown Columbus in April 2020.

Some performing arts groups in Columbus, including CAPA and CATCO, will soon require all patrons, staff and volunteers either show proof of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine or provide a negative test to attend indoor events and performances. The new policy will begin on October 8.

Event attendees age 3 to 11-years-old can still attend performances, but they will have to wear face masks at events.

The organizations requiring proof of receiving a vaccine or a negative test include:

  • BalletMet
  • Chamber Music Columbus
  • Chamber Music Connection
  • Columbus Association for the Performing Arts (CAPA) including Broadway in Columbus, Columbus Children’s Theatre, and Columbus Symphony
  • Contemporary American Theatre Company (CATCO)
  • Drexel Theatre
  • Jazz Arts Group
  • King Arts Columbus
  • Lincoln Theatre Association
  • Opera Columbus
  • ProMusica Chamber Orchestra
  • Shadowbox Live
  • Short North Stage

The organizations said in a press release that precautions are “critical to venues remaining open and performing arts organizations moving forward with their fall schedules.”
To show proof of vaccination, performance attendees must present a vaccination card or a legible electronic image of a vaccination card. Attendees over the age of 18 must also present a photo ID that matches the name on the vaccination card.

Non-vaccinated attendees showing proof of a negative COVID test must have had a PCR test taken within 72 hours of the performance or an antigen test administered by a healthcare or pharmacy provider as well as an at-home test within 24 hours of the performance.

Debbie Holmes began her career in broadcasting in Columbus after graduating from The Ohio State University. She left the Buckeye state to pursue a career in television news and worked as a reporter and anchor in Moline, Illinois and Memphis, Tennessee.
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