COVID-19 Masks & Vaccination Protocols

COVID-19 Masks & Vaccination Protocols

Last updated August 18, 2021

SpeakEasy Stage is proud to join a coalition of Greater Boston area theatre companies which will now require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test for all artists, staff members, and audiences who attend live, indoor performances at their institutions. Masks will be required inside the theatres as well, except for artists while performing on stage.

Proof of vaccination may include showing either a vaccination card or a photo of the card, or a digital vaccine record (through an app such as Bindle). Anyone who is unable to be vaccinated or to verify their vaccination status for any reason will be required to show proof of a negative COVID test before entering.

“Requiring proof of vaccination or a negative test is the best way for us as a community to reopen responsibly,” says Paul Daigneault, SpeakEasy Stage Company Producing Artistic Director.  “It will allow us to move forward and ensure everyone’s safety – audiences, artists, and theatre staff alike.”

These policies will be in place now at coalition theatre companies through October 31, 2021 (in alignment with Broadway’s current policies), and will be reevaluated as the situation evolves. The regulations are based on CDC guidance and were developed in consultation with public health officials. Other theaters participating in the coalition as of this writing are:

  • Actors’ Shakespeare Project
  • American Repertory Theater (ART)
  • Boston Playwrights’ Theatre
  • Central Square Theater
  • The Front Porch Arts Collective
  • The Gamm Theatre
  • Gloucester Stage Company
  • Greater Boston Stage Company
  • Huntington Theatre Company
  • Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse
  • Moonbox Productions
  • Wellesley Repertory Theatre

Today’s announcement reflects a collective commitment by area theaters to continue to prioritize public safety as live, indoor performances resume in the region amid concerns around the rise in COVID-19 cases in the US.

Our Protocols

We care deeply about the wellbeing and safety of our audiences, artists, and staff, and have been closely monitoring the evolving CDC guidance on COVID and its impact on our local community.  For the safety and comfort of all who attend our shows, we are implementing the following protocols:

All patrons must present either proof of vaccination or negative COVID test in order to enter the theatre. Proof of vaccination can be easily provided by:

  • Using Bindle, an easy-to-use, free app that keeps your information private, secure, and makes entry hassle-free. Instructions for how to set up this app on your phone can be found here:
  • Showing your physical vaccination card or a photo of your card.

If you are unable to be vaccinated or to verify your vaccination for any reason, proof of a negative COVID test (PCR test within 72 hours or antigen test within 24 hours) is required and can be provided by:

  • Using the app Bindle (it is easy to upload results from a lab or from an at-home test)
  • Showing a photo or email of negative test results or of a doctor’s order of test results

Masks must be worn at all times in all areas of the theatre, regardless of vaccination status. If on the day of the performance you are experiencing any COVID symptoms, please stay home and contact ticketing services for more information about exchanges or digital viewing options.

All tickets come with digital insurance, and any ticketholders who or would rather not see a performance in person for any reason, can easily exchange their in-person tickets for a specially recorded version of the play.

We will continue to evaluate and update these policies as the situation evolves. For the most up-to-date information on our health and safety policies and season shows, check back at this page. If you have any questions, please contact Jim Torres .

Audience Outlook Survey Data and the Decision-Making Process

The recent announcements that theatres in New York City, Washington, DC, and Chicago have established similar policies around requiring proof of vaccination or negative COVID test and mask wearing, combined with the current results of the Audience Outlook Monitor survey, gives SpeakEasy and the other Greater Boston theatre companies increased confidence in implementing these measures.

The Audience Outlook Monitor is a longitudinal survey run nationally by consultants Wolf-Brown and sponsored locally by ArtsBoston, that has been regularly providing Greater Boston arts organizations with data about audience perceptions, concerns, and intentions during the pandemic. It has been a vital tool for arts groups in developing their plans, policies, and communications strategies.

In the most recent round of survey data collected August 9 – 13, 2021, 78% of audience members who responded indicated that proof of vaccination would make them more likely to attend indoor events, and 51% said that proof of vaccination or negative COVID test is a prerequisite for their attendance.

In June 2021, 18% of survey respondents said they wouldn’t attend an indoor event that week, but the figure more than doubled to 39% in the recent round of surveys. In other words, almost 20% of this “demand” evaporated between June and August, reflecting the rising level of concern of audience members and the need for theatres to take steps towards ensuring their safety and comfort.

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