Where you still have to dress up to enjoy the arts of Seattle

If you’re planning on spending summer nights in Seattle at performance venues, you’d do well to keep a supply of face masks.

When King County dropped its mask mandate in March, many performing arts organizations in Seattle did not follow suit, cooperatively deciding whether to require masks and proof of vaccination or a coronavirus test negative in their facilities until at least May 31. most of these organizations have not changed their protocols.

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ACT Theatre, which wrapped its season in May, will reevaluate and make a decision on future protocols before its next season begins in September. Seattle Opera and PNB’s seasons end this month, and they will be reevaluated before the start of their next seasons in the fall. After its current season ends in August, the 5th Avenue Theater will also be reevaluated.

The Seattle Symphony requires masks and proof of vaccination or a negative test at all Benaroya Hall events through June 26, according to its website.

The Seattle Theater Group, which operates the Paramount, Neptune and Moore theaters, still requires masks and proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test in its theaters, but is actively having conversations about protocols in preparation for the coming months, according to Gabrielle Nomura Gainor, Senior Communications Manager.

As of June 1, the town hall no longer requires proof of vaccination or a negative test, but it still requires masks at its events until July 31, according to its website.

While most chain multiplexes made masks optional from mid-March, many independent theaters continued to require them. Grand Illusion Cinema, a small movie theater operated by about 30 volunteers, says it currently has no plans to stop requiring masks.

“We will continue to require masks as there seems to be a new surge,” manager Brian Alter said in an email. “Things have gone well here, all things considered. People come to see movies, and no one has a problem masking up to visit us.

Seattle’s art scene has a lot to offer in the coming months, but for now, it’s best to check venue websites for their most up-to-date coronavirus safety requirements before heading to town.


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