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Minnesota Orchestra to require proof of vaccination or negative COVID test, masks

The new safety protocols for the season go in effect in September.

The Minnesota Orchestra will require proof of a COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to enter Orchestra Hall this fall.

The orchestra on Wednesday announced the new measures, citing the highly contagious delta variant, as well as a desire to bring artists safely back to work and music safely back to communities. 

Everyone going to Orchestra Hall will be required to show proof of vaccination (and it must be 14 days after their last jab) or a negative COVID-19 PCR test from within 72 hours to go inside. 

And masks are required for everyone, regardless of vaccination status. 

The new protocols take effect at the beginning of the 2021-22 season on Sept. 20 and are required for all musicians, guest artists, staff, volunteers, audience members and others at Orchestra Hall. 

The Minnesota Orchestra's decision follows First Avenue, the Ordway, The FillmoreBasilica Block Party, and other venues that are requiring proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 PCR test.

Related: The Minnesota schools, venues and organizations with a COVID vaccine requirement

The orchestra says ticketholders will get specific instructions for entry ahead of the performance. 

Minnesota Orchestra's COVID-19 safety website is here

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