COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

The Westside Theatre is committed to creating a safe and healthy environment for all, including staff, production personnel, and audiences. Doing so requires the cooperation and effort of everyone who enter our doors. Guests who do not comply with these policies will not be admitted or will be asked to leave the theatre.

To ensure the safety of everyone in the theatre, the following policies are in place for all performances through at least February 28, 2022:

MASKS

Acceptable face coverings must be worn at all times when inside the building, including during the show, except while actively eating or drinking in designated areas. All face coverings must cover your mouth and nose, and must comply with the CDC guidelines for acceptable face coverings. If you are unable to wear a mask, we look forward to seeing you after these mandates have been lifted, but for now: masks are required for all guests inside the theatre, regardless of vaccination status.

VACCINATIONS

All patrons ages 12 and over must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with an FDA or WHO authorized vaccine by the time of performance, and must show proof of vaccination at the time of performance, alongside your valid ticket. “Fully vaccinated” means at the time of the performance, you must be 

  • At least 14 days after your second dose of an FDA or WHO authorized two dose vaccine, or
  • At least 14 days after your first dose of an FDA or WHO authorized one dose vaccine

APPROVED VACCINES: Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, Janssen/Johnson & Johnson, Oxford/AstraZeneca, Serum Institute of India- Covishield, Sinopharm (Beijing), Sinovac

Children ages 5-11 must be vaccinated against COVID-19 with an FDA or WHO authorized vaccine OR present a negative test to attend the show. This means at the time of the performance, they must provide proof of one of the following:

  • At least one dose of an FDA or WHO authorized vaccine, received at least 14 days prior to the performance, or
  • Negative COVID-19 PCR test, administered by a medical professional, taken within 72 hours of the performance, or
  • Negative COVID-19 rapid antigent test, administered by a medical professional, taken within 6 hours of the performance

The only exception to the above will be for guests under the age of 5 (children under 4 are not permitted in the theatre), or those who need reasonable accommodations, as mandated by federal law, due to a medical exemption or sincerely held religious belief. Guests requesting this exemption, must provide one of the following upon arrival to the theatre, in addition to properly wearing a mask at all times inside the building:

  • Negative COVID-19 PCR test, administered by a medical professional, taken within 72 hours of the performance, or
  • Negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test, administered by a medical professional, taken within 6 hours of the performance

NOTE: Due to proximity to the actors, anyone seated in Row A must be fully vaccinated and masked the entire performance. No exceptions.

Guests may present proof of vaccination or negative test on paper or a smartphone. For example, New York residents may present proof using the state’s Excelsior Pass phone app. (Other examples: Docket, NYC Covid Safe, or Clear.)

If your vaccine isn’t on the list, you’ll need proof of a negative COVID-19 test to enter the theatre. If your child is not vaccinated due to availability in your country, they’ll need proof of a negative COVID-19 test to enter the theatre. If your child is not vaccinated due to their age, they’ll need proof of a negative COVID-19 test to enter the theatre.

There are a number of urgent care and pharmacy testing locations in and around the Theatre District. To find a location, click here. There are also many pop-up testing tents and vehicles in the area. Results must be provided by a qualified lab and administered by a health care professional.

In addition to the above, all guests 18 years or older must also present a government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license or passport, which must match the name on your proof of vaccination or negative test. Guests under 18 may use a school ID. Guests under 12 must be accompanied by an adult who meets the above requirements.

Guests who do not comply with these protocols will be denied entry or asked to leave the theatre.

WHAT WE’RE DOING

The Westside Theatre, under the advisement of HVAC professionals, has implemented ventilation and filtration enhancements throughout the building, based on best practices. We have also increased daily cleaning and disinfection of all surfaces. Furthermore, efforts have been made to reduce contact points throughout the building, and we encourage the use of print-at-home or tickets on a mobile device. Our staff have all been advised of risk mitigation tactics, through the advice of public health professionals, and will also be required to adhere to the same policies outlined above.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Due to the constantly-evolving nature of the ongoing pandemic, these policies are subject to change. All staff and patrons are required to follow all CDC, NYS, and NYC guidelines at the time of performance. These updated guidelines may include additional requirements, beyond what is outlined above. Additional protocols may include health screenings, testing, temperature checks, or more. 

If you receive confirmation of a positive COVID-19 test within two weeks prior to your performance, we ask that you consult a medical professional and not attend the performance unless cleared by said professional.

Additional information for performances after February 28, 2022 will be announced at a later date. 

BUY WITH CONFIDENCE

Buy tickets now for any performance through January 9, 2022, and you can either refund or exchange your tickets into any other date until 48-hours before the performance. You may exchange an order up to three times and refund once per month. Terms are subject to change. For additional information, please contact your point of purchase. 

New York City requires staff and customers 12 years of age and older to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to enter this establishment. To find out where to get a free COVID-19 vaccine, visit nyc.gov/vaccinefinder or call 877-VAX-4NYC (877-829-4692). For more information on Key to NYC, visit nyc.gov/keytoNYC.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

These terms and conditions relate to an individual’s use of a ticket to gain admittance to the Westside Theatre, and possible exposure to the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 and any resulting disease (together with any mutation, adaptation, or variation thereof, “COVID-19”):

COVID-19 WARNING AND WAIVER OF CLAIMS: WHILE THE WESTSIDE THEATRE, THE EVENT PRODUCER, EVENT PARTICIPANTS, PERFORMERS, AND TICKETING SERVICE PROVIDER ARE DOING OUR PART TO ENSURE THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF EVERYONE IN THE THEATRE, AN INHERENT RISK OF EXPOSURE TO COVID-19 EXISTS IN ANY PLACE WHERE PEOPLE GATHER, SO WE CANNOT GUARANTEE THAT ALL EXPOSURE TO COVID-19 WILL BE ELIMINATED AS A RESULT OF THESE PROTOCOLS. COVID-19 IS A HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS DISEASE THAT CAN LEAD TO SEVERE ILLNESS AND DEATH. BY VISITING OR ENTERING THE VENUE, YOU ASSUME ALL RISKS, HAZARDS, AND DANGERS INCIDENTAL TO THE EVENT FOR WHICH THE TICKET IS ISSUED. YOU VOLUNTARILY WAIVE ANY AND ALL CLAIMS AND POTENTIAL CLAIMS AGAINST EACH OF THE WESTSIDE THEATRE, THE EVENT PRODUCER, EVENT PARTICIPANTS, AND PERFORMERS, AND EACH OF THEIR RESPECTIVE EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, AFFILIATES, OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, OWNERS, VENDORS, AND CONTRACTORS, THAT ARISE FROM OR RELATE IN ANY WAY TO, HOWEVER CAUSED, THE RISK OF CONTRACTING OR THE ACTUAL OR ALLEGED CONTRACTING OF COVID-19, OR THAT ARISE FROM OR RELATE IN ANY WAY TO, HOWEVER CAUSED, THE RISK OF EXPOSURE OR ACTUAL OR ALLEGED EXPOSURE TO A BACTERIA, VIRUS OR OTHER PATHOGEN CAPABLE OF CAUSING COVID-19 OR ANY OTHER COMMUNICABLE DISEASE OR ILLNESS, IN EACH CASE WHETHER THE ACTUAL OR ALLEGED CIRCUMSTANCES GIVING RISE TO ANY CLAIM OCCUR BEFORE, DURING, OR AFTER THE EVENT.

UPDATED: November 12, 2021