O.C. indoor performing arts spaces to require proof of vaccination and masks

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Performing arts organizations in Orange County have announced they will enforce strict COVID-19 safety protocols heading into fall. All ticket holders must be fully vaccinated in order to attend performances, and masks must be worn throughout, City News Service reported on Monday.

Organizations participating in the new set of rules include Arts Orange County, the Irvine Barclay Theatre, the Musco Center for the Arts, the Pacific Symphony, Pacific Chorale, the Philharmonic Society of Orange County, the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, the Soka Performing Arts Center and South Coast Repertory.

"The health, safety and wellbeing of our audiences, artists, crew and staff is paramount," Casey Reitz, president of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Santa Ana, said in a statement. "Working together to reduce any type of exposure to COVID-19 can ensure a safe environment for everyone," he said.

All participating venues will require proof of full vaccination to attend indoor performances. Guests will be required to wear masks throughout shows regardless of vaccination status. The group will reassess these policies on an ongoing basis.

"As we pivot and prepare for our stages to be active again, we must carefully consider the safety of our patrons, students, staff, and artists as our top priority, as well as university and state directives," said Renee Bodie, general manager of the Soka Performing Arts Center in Aliso Viejo.

"These mandates will allow us to safely share the beauty of live music with our patrons once again, something we have all been waiting a long time for,” she said.