Lensic to Require Proof of Vaccination

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Starting August 24, The Lensic Performing Arts Center will require that all persons attending events at the theater—including patrons, artists, staff, volunteers, and backstage crew—provide proof of full vaccination or the results of a negative Covid test taken within the previous 72 hours to gain admittance.

Lensic staff is finalizing the policies and procedures and will announce a full set of guidelines in early August. This change has the full support of the Lensic’s Board of Directors as well as its consortium partners and key renters.

“With continued developments in the virus and its variants, we feel this is the best way to protect our patrons and artists, support the numerous performing arts groups that use the Lensic, and do what’s right for the community that makes the Lensic what it is,” says Executive Director Joel Aalberts. Tightening admission procedures is a policy that is gaining acceptance with performing arts venues and groups across the country, including Radio City Music Hall, The Los Angeles Opera, and McCallum Auditorium in Palm Desert.

“Our goal is to make this process as easy and comfortable as possible for everyone entering the Lensic,” says Aalberts. Audience members with previously purchased tickets who are unable or unwilling to follow the new guidelines will be given an opportunity to ask for a full ticket refund up to 48 hours prior to their scheduled performance.

Policies regarding mask wearing and other Covid-safe practices will be updated as needed, based on current guidelines and best practices outlined by public health professionals. All Lensic staff members and volunteers are fully vaccinated.

Lensic Performing Arts Center

The Lensic is Santa Fe’s nonprofit performing arts center, with arts and cultural experiences for everyone, all year round. Our landmark historic theater in the heart of downtown features world-class artistic programming, including the Lensic Presents series; serves as a home stage for local performing arts groups and presenters; and offers arts education programs that reach thousands of students each year. For more information on our programs, upcoming events, and Covid safety policies, visit www.lensic.org.