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.
Many venues continue to offer fully virtual and hybrid (virtual/live) options so you can attend in-person or watch right from home.
Many arts organizations and indoor venues in the region, including theaters, clubs and galleries, have been implementing health and safety protocols – including proof of vaccination and mandatory masking while indoors – that have exceeded local mandates for months.
Requirements change frequently and can vary by town, so please double check the protocols of the specific venue before you go.
As of January 15, 2022, people 12 years and older will be required to show proof of at least one dose of vaccination against COVID-19 to enter certain indoor spaces including restaurants, bars and nightclubs, fitness studios and entertainment venues. A proof of negative test will no longer be accepted as a substitute to vaccination. By February 15, people 12 and older will be required to show proof of full vaccination. The timeline varies for children 5-11 years old.
If you are attending an arts event outside of the city, we encourage you to check that city’s or town’s guidelines for updates.
☐ 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.)
☐ Proof of vaccination (paper card, digital image or on a COVID verification app)
☐ Proof of 72-hour negative COVID test (if the venue permits it – check before you go!)
☐ Tickets for admission (many venues are switching to 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!