Philly Theatre Company to require COVID-19 boosters for patrons, staff

The theatre company is also closing its concessions so that patrons can keep their masks on at all times.

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Thursday, January 27, 2022
Philadelphia Theatre Company requiring boosters for all performances
Keeping performers, staff and patrons safe is a main concern when it comes to Philadephia’s art scene and one theatre is taking an extra step now requiring proof of boosters before

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- Before the curtain goes up on their newest show "Choir Boy" next month, guests at the Philadelphia Theatre Company will be required to show proof of a booster shot as part of the vaccination.

In fact, it applies to anyone who enters the building on Broad Street.

"We have an obligation to our staff who have to work these events. We want our audience to be as safe as they possibly can be and as comfortable as they possibly can be. We're trying to adapt to current conditions," said Emily Zeck, managing director of the Philadelphia Theatre Company.

The theatre is one of the first, if not the first, performance venues in the region to require proof of a booster.

Back in September, the Philadelphia Theatre Company was also one of the 32 theatres in the area to require proof of vaccination.

Some theatres in New York City announced earlier this month that they would be requiring proof of a booster.

The Philadelphia Theatre Company will reduce seating in the orchestra section and close its concessions so that patrons can keep their masks on at all times. There will also be two performances with a 25% seating capacity limit for those who are immunocompromised.

"We're comfortable being the leader in the space if we have to be just to adhere to what our priorities are," said Zeck.