New Haven's Shubert Theatre to require vaccinations, negative COVID-19 tests for patrons, others

The outside of the Shubert Theatre in New Haven, December, 2020.

The outside of the Shubert Theatre in New Haven, December, 2020.

Arnold Gold / Hearst Connecticut Media file photo

NEW HAVEN — The Shubert Theatre announced Friday that it will require vaccinations or proof of a negative COVID-19 test for all patrons, as well as staff, volunteers, performers, backstage crew, and all others entering the building through Oct. 31.

Further, face masks will also be required for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, while inside the building, except while actively eating or drinking, the theater said in a release.

The theater joins BAR, Toad’s Place and the College Street Music Hall in New Haven, and the Space Ballroom in Hamden in the requirement that patrons be fully vaccinated or have had a recent negative COVID-19 test.

The Shubert’s 2021-2022 season begins Oct.1.

“As part of the Shubert’s Health and Safety policy, anyone entering the Shubert will need to be fully vaccinated with an FDA or WHO authorized vaccine or show proof of a negative COVID-19 test,” the Shubert statement said. “Patrons who have been vaccinated must show proof of vaccination at their time of entry into the theatre with their valid vaccination card and a government issued ID.”

“Fully vaccinated means patrons will have received their second dose of a two dose COVID-19 vaccine, or their single dose of a single dose COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to attending a performance at the Shubert.”

If unvaccinated, patrons will need to bring proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 48 hours of the performance start time, the statement said. “Children under 12, who cannot be vaccinated by federal law, must be accompanied by an adult (who meets the above guidelines), and are required to wear a face mask.”

The statement said the theater would notify ticket holders of the policies, via email, for performances through Oct. 31.

“For the safety of our patrons, we are giving people almost two months advance notice so they will be aware of our policy prior to attending performances” at the theater, Shubert Executive Director Anthony McDonald said, in the statement.

. The Shubert will continue to update and evaluate its policy based on requirements from the state and city of New Haven. For more information, visit the Shubert’s website at