ArtsBoston is at the center of the ongoing reopening for Greater Boston’s arts and cultural community. After launching this page in fall 2021, we continue to gather and update these resources about public health protocols at live performances around the region. Our goal is to help you feel ready for your next arts experience.
Over the past year and a half, ArtsBoston led the regional Audience Outlook Monitor initiative, capturing how you and your fellow audience members felt about returning to performances and theaters. (You likely answered at least one of the several surveys sent by some of our member groups.) It was that important data that has kept our sector confident about making a return to live events, and which informs this page.
We know you want to feel safe when enjoying live performances. Producers and many venues in the area continue to offer fully virtual and hybrid (virtual/live) options so you can attend in-person or watch right from home.
Since fall 2021 arts organizations and indoor venues in the region, including theaters, clubs and galleries, implemented health and safety protocols that preceded (and often exceeded) local mandates. Performance venues quickly became very low-risk places to be. For that reason, many in the region will continue to require proof of vaccination, even though city and town mandates no longer require it. Before attending any event, we encourage you to check the venue’s website to see what they are requiring for attendance.
As of February 18, 2022, proof of at least one dose of vaccination against COVID-19 is no longer required for entry to certain indoor spaces including restaurants, bars and nightclubs, fitness studios and entertainment venues in the City of Boston. The lifting of this requirement coincides with a drop in the community positivity rate, ICU beds occupancy rate in area hospitals, and the drop in COVID-19 hospitalizations.
As of March 5, 2022, the mask mandate in Boston is no longer in effect although masks continue to be recommended to minimize the spread of COVID-19.
There is the possibility a future spike in COVID infections could impact this policy. We will continue to keep this page up to date, but you can view the updated City of Boston guidelines here.
While proof of vaccination is no longer required for the public to enter performances and other selected gathering places in Boston, many of the city’s arts organizations, restaurants and entertainment venues may still require it.
Employees working in entertainment, restaurants and other public spaces are required to be vaccinated. These businesses are responsible for checking proof of vaccination among their employees and posting notices about their vaccine requirement. If you don’t see the posting, and have questions about the policies, inquire with a manager about the status of their employees.
The public health guidance from the CDC and Boston Public Health Commission is that the best protection against COVID-19 is to get vaccinated and to wear a mask until the spread of COVID-19 in the community is suppressed.
☐ Mask (We recommend that you update your mask. Cloth masks are considered less effective in reducing exposure to the Omicron variant compared to a certified N95 or KN95 mask.)
☐ Tickets for admission (many venues use digital tickets, so make sure you have them handy on your phone!)
We are in this together! By following the protocols and doing your part to keep your fellow audience members safe, we can continue to enjoy live performances and cultural experiences that bring us joy. On with the show!