Vaccination and Mask Requirements at Performing Arts Venues in the San Francisco Bay Area

Jeff Goldberg

As we prepare to return to live performance, we will help keep you updated with requirements from arts organizations on vaccination status and masking. Be sure to find full information on each organization’s website before attending a performance.


All ticketholders 12 years of age or older are required to show proof of full COVID vaccination for entry into the Orpheum Theatre. “Fully vaccinated” means that a ticketholder’s performance is at least 14 days after their final vaccine dose. Proof of a negative COVID PCR test taken within 72 hours of performance will no longer be accepted for patrons who purchased tickets after August 12, with the exception of children under the age of 12. Children under 12 will continue to be required to show the negative test results of a PCR test taken within 72 hours of performance. Children under 5 are not admitted. All patrons are required to wear masks inside the theatre at all times (except when consuming food or beverage in the lobby or auditorium). Prolonged periods of mask removal are not permitted for eating or drinking—masks must be worn between bites and sips. See full protocols.

California Shakespeare Theater

Everyone who comes to the Bruns—including audiences, staff, artists, and crew—will need to bring proof of vaccination (a vaccination card/photo of vaccination card, or a Digital Vaccine Record; and your ID) or a negative COVID-19 PCR result from a test taken within 72 hours before entering the grounds. People are considered fully vaccinated 14 days after the second dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine, or 14 days after a single-dose vaccine. A Cal Shakes staff member will verify your documents at the front gate. If you do not bring your documents with you, you will not be granted admittance to the grounds.

Masks are required when not actively eating and drinking. See full protocols.

San Francisco Opera

Per San Francisco city guidelines, San Francisco Opera will require all patrons ages of 12 and older to show proof of vaccination to attend performances at the War Memorial Opera House and the Diane B. Wilsey Center for Opera, along with a photo ID.

If you plan to attend a performance with a child under the age of 12, please call the Box Office at (415) 864-3330 to discuss seating and safety options. Please note the operas SF Opera is presenting this season are most appropriate for children ages 12 and up. See full protocols.

San Francisco Symphony

The San Francisco Symphony requires proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 for everyone ages 12 and up entering Davies Symphony Hall. Audience members under age 12 must show proof of a negative COVID-19 (PCR test taken within 72 hours of the event or antigen [rapid] test taken within 24 hours of the event). These protocols are in accordance with policies enacted by the City and County of San Francisco and follow the advice of the San Francisco Symphony Health & Safety Task Force.

Full vaccination is defined as completion of the two-dose regimen of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or one dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine administered two weeks or more in advance of the concert. A negative COVID-19 test must be taken not more than 72 hours before the concert. See full protocols.

Stanford Live

For outdoor shows at Frost Amphitheater, masks are required for unvaccinated patrons, and optional for fully vaccinated patrons. In accordance with Santa Clara County Public Health, masks are encouraged to be worn by all at crowded outdoor events. For indoor shows at Bing Concert Hall, masks are required to be worn by all patrons. Please bring your own face coverings that cover your nose and mouth and wear them at all times. Masks with valves will not be allowed. If you are eating, please cover your face between bites and sips.

All visitors coming to an indoor performance at Stanford Live (Bing Concert Hall, Bing Studio, Memorial Auditorium, Memorial Church) must meet at least one of two criteria: be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 OR receive a negative PCR COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to arrival onsite. To show proof of vaccination, you must bring a photo ID plus one of the following: vaccine card or a photo of your vaccine card PR digital COVID-19 vaccine record using the My Vaccine record App. See full protocols.


Every individual must show proof that they are fully vaccinated at the time of their entry into the building, along with a matching photo ID. You may present a physical vaccination card; a clear, legible photo of your vaccination card; or a digital vaccine record. California residents may obtain a digital vaccine record at

“Fully vaccinated” means that it has been 14 days since your second dose of a WHO or FDA-approved two-dose vaccine (e.g. the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine), or 14 days since your sole dose of a WHO or FDA-approved single-dose vaccine (e.g. the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine). If you or a member of your party are legally exempted from being vaccinated, you must reach out to the TheatreWorks Box Office at 650.463.1960 or as early as possible prior to your performance date to alert us (four days before your performance is the final cutoff), as you might be permitted to provide a negative COVID test as an alternative to proof of vaccination. See full protocols.