Auditorium Theater joins venues requiring proof of vaccination to see a show | News

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  • PHOTO COURTESY OF ROCHESTER BROADWAY THEATER LEAGUE
  • The Auditorium Theater on East Main Street.

Beginning Oct. 1, anyone attending the Auditorium Theater in Rochester will be required to present proof that they have taken at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine prior to entry.

By November 8, all customers should be fully vaccinated.

Linda Glosser, executive vice president of the Rochester Broadway Theater League (RBTL), said the organization came to this conclusion on its own. Glosser said officials have been paying attention to what other theaters across the country are doing as well as the needs of their audiences. November’s production of “Charlie and Chocolate Factory” is expected to attract families and many children, many of whom cannot be vaccinated at this point.

“It seems like a good time to do it given where we are with this Delta variant,” Glosser said. “Also, we recognize that we have upcoming shows that appeal to young people, and we have an obligation to try to protect those young viewers as well. “

Earlier this month, RBTL introduced a mask requirement which Glosser says has been well accepted by most members of the public. Regardless of your vaccination status, RBTL requires patrons to wear masks at all times throughout shows.

A physical vaccination card, New York State Excelsior Pass, or digital proof of vaccine from out of state will be required for entry.

Anyone who does not wish to present proof of vaccination is encouraged to request a refund or alternative accommodation from the point of sale where they purchased the ticket.

Blue Cross Arena began requiring vaccinations earlier this month.

James Brown is a reporter for WXXI News, a media partner of CITY.

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