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Vaccine proof now required for shows at Orpheum, State, Pantages theatres

Masks will also be required except for when eating or drinking in designated areas.
Orpheum Theater

Proof of COVID vaccination or a recent negative test will be required to attend shows at the Orpheum, State, and Pantages theatres in Minneapolis, which are due to reopen for the fall.

The new policy was announced by the Hennepin Theatre Trust on Wednesday, and follows similar measures being enacted by the likes of The Ordway, First Avenue, The Guthrie, and the Minnesota Orchestra.

Anyone over the age of 12 attending shows at one of the three Hennepin Avenue theaters will have to present proof of vaccination for COVID-19, with the second shot having been administered (or single shot Johnson & Johnson) more than 14 days before the show.

Anyone who is not vaccinated and requires "an accommodation ... due to a medical reason or a sincerely held religious belief" will have to prove proof of a negative PCR test taken with 72 hours of the event, or a negative antigen test within 24 hours of the event.

What's more, the theatre trust will also require masks be worn while inside the venues, except when "actively eating or drinking in designated areas."

Children aged 11 or younger will not be required to provide proof of a negative test, but will have to wear a face mask.

The policy is currently set to run through Dec. 31, but will be evaluated in response to local public health data.

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“The health and safety of everyone who enters our historic theatres is of the utmost importance and concern,” said Mark Nerenhausen, president and CEO of Hennepin Theatre Trust.

"As we continue to monitor current state and national data, we want to do as much as possible to aid in reducing the risk and spread of COVID-19."

The trust says it has also improved its anti-COVID measures in the buildings, including adding extra air filtering and intake throughout, installing touchless security systems and scanning devices, and increased cleaning and sanitation throughout the building.

It also says that all of its employees have been vaccinated against COVID-19.

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