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SAFE IN THE PARK

On Tuesday, June 15th, 2021, Governor Cuomo announced that 70% of eligible adults in NYS had received their first COVID-19 vaccine dose. In recognition of this important milestone, the Governor lifted COVID-19 restrictions for most commercial sectors, including performing arts venues operating under the NY Forward guidance for Small and Medium Performing Arts Venues.

This summer, we welcome 1468 people in both Full Capacity and Physically Distanced sections in The Delacorte Theater. Full Capacity sections are reserved for those that are COVID-19 vaccinated, and the Physically Distanced sections are for those that are not COVID-19 vaccinated.

People ticketed into a Full Capacity section must show proof of full vaccination before entering the theater. Those, 12 or older, must have received their final vaccination dose at least 14 days before the performance date (i.e., a second dose of Pfizer/Moderna or a single dose of Johnson & Johnson). We encourage you to use Health Pass by CLEAR for seamless entry. Learn more about all the ways to show proof of vaccination.

Those in a Physically Distanced section do not need to show proof of negative testing for entry. 

Everyone (ages 2+), regardless of vaccination status, must always wear a face mask for entry into the theater and when moving around. Those in Full Capacity sections have the option to remove their mask when sitting in their ticketed seat. Those in Physically Distanced sections must always keep their face mask on. 

Thank you for following these procedures and for doing your part to keep us all Safe in the Park. 

Updated 07.28.2021

INDEX

SELF ASSESSMENT

SEATING

PROOF OF VACCINATION

FACE MASKS

PHYSICAL DISTANCING

CLEANING & SAFETY PROTOCOLS

TICKETING

CONCESSIONS & FOOD

OTHER FAQS 

SELF ASSESSMENT

Before leaving home, we ask that you take a moment to self assess with the following questions:

  • Have I been or suspect I have been in contact with a person with COVID-19 in the last 7 days? 
  • Have I experienced any of the following in the last 48 hours?
    • FEVER OR CHILLS
    • COUGH
    • SHORTNESS OF BREATH OR DIFFICULTY BREATHING
    • FATIGUE
    • MUSCLE OR BODY ACHES
    • HEADACHE
    • LOSS OF TASTE OR SMELL
    • SORE THROAT
    • CONGESTION OR RUNNY NOSE
    • NAUSEA OR VOMITING
    • DIARRHEA 
If so, please call us at 212.967.7555 or email us at info@publictheater.org, and we would be glad to assist you in rescheduling your tickets for another performance date.

SEATING AT THE DELACORTE

FULL CAPACITY SECTIONS
  • Reserved for those 12 years or older who have been COVID-19 vaccinated. 
  • Seats have no physical distancing. People sitting in these sections will be sitting directly next to other people. 
  • Children 11 years or younger may accompany their vaccinated parent or guardian.
  • People ticketed into Full Capacity sections must show proof of full vaccination before entering the theater. People (age 12+) must have received their final vaccination dose at least 14 days (about 2 weeks) before the performance date (i.e., a second dose of Pfizer/Moderna or a single dose of Johnson & Johnson). We encourage you to use Health Pass by CLEAR at The Delacorte to streamline your entry into the venue. Learn more about all the ways to show proof of vaccination.
PHYSICALLY DISTANCED SECTIONS
  • Reserved for those who are not COVID-19 vaccinated, or the vaccination status of an individual(s) in the party is unknown. 
  • Seats are limited and can be reserved in pods of 1 seat or 2 seats. 
  • Unoccupied seats separate all seating pods.

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PROOF OF VACCINATION

As part of the entry requirements for Free Shakespeare in the Park, attendees must provide proof of vaccination status to access Full Capacity seating. Use Health Pass by CLEAR at The Delacorte to streamline your entry into the venue. Health Pass is a free feature in the CLEAR mobile app that allows you to link your proof of COVID vaccination for seamless entry into the theater. All you'll need is a government-issued ID and your vaccination card.

Download Health Pass by CLEAR and enroll here:  https://clear.app.link/SITP

We will also accept the following for proof of vaccination for Full Capacity seating at The Delacorte:

  • CDC vaccination cards with a corresponding government-issued ID
  • Photos of your CDC vaccination card with a corresponding government-issued ID
  • Photocopies of your CDC vaccination card with a corresponding government-issued ID
  • NY State Excelsior Pass with a corresponding government-issued ID
  • EU Digital Covid Certificates with a corresponding government-issued ID
  • CDC vaccination cards for Astra Zeneca vaccination study with a corresponding government-issued ID

Those in Physically Distanced sections do not need to show proof of negative testing for entry. 

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FACE MASKS

Per agreements with our theatrical unions and with the advice from our health and safety consultants, everyone, regardless of vaccination status, must wear a face covering when speaking with The Public Theater Staff, in all guests areas around The Delacorte including Will Call, and entering the theater and moving around. Those in the Full Capacity sections have the option of removing their mask when they are sitting in their ticketed seat. Those in the Physically Distanced sections must always keep their face mask on, except while eating and drinking.

  • Cloth, surgical/3-ply, KN95, and N95 masks are permitted. 
  • Cloth face coverings should be made of tightly woven fabric and ideally composed of two or three layers of material. They may not be made of lace or similarly open or web-like material. Cloth masks must fit snugly around the nose and chin to prevent air leakage; a nose wire may help achieve a close seal. 
  • Face shields can be used in addition to face coverings but are not an acceptable alternative to face coverings, as described above. 
  • Gaiters, bandanas, and face coverings with an exhalation valve are not permitted. 
  • Masks may be removed while eating or drinking in your seats only.
  • Masks will be made available upon arrival if you forgot to bring one.

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PHYSICAL DISTANCING

  • Lines at gate entrances, restrooms, and box office will use ground markers to encourage proper distancing.

CLEANING & SAFETY PROTOCOLS

At least once daily, The Delacorte will be fully sanitized. This will include:  
  • Cleaning of all frequently touched surfaces and sanitizing of all bathrooms 
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be available. 
  • Restroom doors will be propped open. 
  • Attendants regularly clean and sanitize restrooms.

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TICKETING

DIGITAL TICKETING & WILL CALL
  • Digital Ticketing is still the preferred method of delivery to minimize crowds and lines. If you choose to have your tickets delivered digitally, you can view them here.  
  • All DIGITAL LOTTERY, ADA ACCESSIBLE DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION TICKETS, and TEXT TO STANDBY TICKETS must be picked up at The Delacorte Box Office between 4PM-7:30PM on the day you are scheduled to attend the performance. Learn more about our DIGITAL LOTTERIES & DISTRIBUTIONS and WAYS TO ACCESS FREE SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK DAY-OF-PERFORMANCE STANDBY TICKETS.
  • Partners, Young Partners, Supporter Plus, and others invited may opt to pick up their tickets at The Delacorte Box Office between 3PM-7:45PM on the day you are scheduled to attend the performance.
SECONDARY MARKET TICKETS 
  • Official tickets for The Public Theater, Free Shakespeare in the Park, and Joe’s Pub performances are available only by purchasing/donating/winning through our website at publictheater.org, at Goldstar.com, including their mobile app, by calling Audience Services at 212.967.7555 or by visiting our box offices. Please be wary of any other sites or individuals claiming to sell tickets to our events. We do not endorse third-party sites, and we cannot guarantee or verify the validity of any tickets purchased in this way. If entry into our venues is attempted with an illegitimate ticket or obtained under fraudulent circumstances, we will not honor it even if money has been exchanged between you and a non-endorsed sales channel. The Public is not financially responsible for any monetary loss you incur.
  • The Public Theater is a non-profit organization that relies on the financial support of generous donors and ticket sales.  Although we strongly discourage third-party sales, it is legal in New York, but within the law's limits:
    • Ticket resellers must be licensed and bonded by the state. Regardless of licensure, one cannot resell tickets within 1500 feet (about the height of the Empire State Building) of the venue. Regardless of licensure, one must issue a refund if the purchaser cannot go to the event through no fault of their own.

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CONCESSIONS, MERCHANDISE & FOOD

  • Concessions and merchandise will not be available for sale at The Delacorte to minimize crowding and encourage physical distancing.
  • You are permitted to bring your own food and drink into The Delacorte within the following protocols:
    • No glass is permitted inside the theater.
    • All items must fit into a bag or cooler that aligns with the bag policy.
    • Alcohol is not permitted inside the theater.
    • Knives or silverware that could also be considered a weapon are not permitted.
    • Water is encouraged for all guests in reusable water bottles or sealed single-use water bottles.
  • You may eat or drink at your ticketed seating locations only.
  • After consuming food and drink, a mask must be reapplied.

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OTHER FAQS

What are the recommendations for people attending a performance in the Full Capacity section? 
  • People (age 12+) must have received their final vaccination dose at least 14 days (about 2 weeks) before the performance date (i.e., a second dose of Pfizer/Moderna or a single dose of Johnson & Johnson).
  • Children, 11 years of age and younger may accompany their fully vaccinated parent or guardian in a Full Capacity section.
What are the requirements for people to visit The Delacorte Theater? 
  • Please stay home if you do not feel well, have exhibited symptoms of COVID-19 in the past 10 days (about 1 and a half weeks), have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 10 days (about 1 and a half weeks), or have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the past 10 days (about 1 and a half weeks). If any of the latter is true, please email us at info@publictheater.org for assistance with rescheduling your tickets. 
  • All guests must wear face coverings (ages 2+) during performances, except while actively eating or drinking in your ticketed seats.
  • We reserve the right to request that anyone who does not follow these protocols leave the premises. 
Will there be ADA and Senior seats available in both Full Capacity and Physically Distanced sections? 
  • Yes, there will be limited dedicated seats in both sections. 

Why has the Public chosen to continue physical distancing in some audience sections and/or masking guidelines during performances?

  • In accordance with our theatrical unions and under the guidance of our health advisory consultants who are monitoring vaccination and infection rates locally in New York City, The Public Theater has decided to continue to ask all patrons, artists, and staff to wear masks while inside our venue for the safety of all who enjoy Free Shakespeare in the Park.
  • Applicable context from Governor Cuomo’s press release on the autonomy of businesses to authorize continued masking and distancing requirements: 

“With the removal of the State's minimum standard for reopening, businesses are free to lift all or some restrictions, continue to adhere to the State's archived guidance or implement other health precautions for their employees and patrons. Businesses are also authorized to require masks and six feet of social distancing for employees and patrons within their establishments, regardless of vaccination status. Any mask requirements that businesses choose to implement must adhere to applicable federal and state laws and regulations, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act.” 

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