Hollywood Pantages Theatre to require ticket holders be fully vaccinated when it reopens

HOLLYWOOD, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- The Hollywood Pantages Theatre will require ticket holders to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and show proof when it reopens next month, officials announced Friday.

The policy will be in effect when the theater reopens on Aug. 17 with a production of "Hamilton," and will remain in place for all performances through Oct. 10. After that date, the policy will be re-assessed on an ongoing basis.

"This joint effort between theatre management and audiences is meant to provide the safest space possible for patrons, cast, crew, and staff as preparations continue to re-open the doors and raise the curtain," the theater said in a statement.

The theater will require a photo ID and proof of vaccination -- either a physical vaccination card, a picture of a vaccination card or a digital vaccination record.

Guests under age 12, those who need a reasonable accommodation for medical reasons or due to a "sincerely held religious belief" must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to entering the theater, the company said.

Children under 5 will not be admitted to the theatre.

In addition, masks are required for all ticket holders, regardless of vaccination status, the company said. Masks must be worn at all times, except when eating or drinking in designated areas.

City News Service contributed to this report.
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