SAFE AT THE PUBLIC
We are excited to welcome our community back to The Public's flagship home at Astor Place. To play our part in helping to protect everyone as we return, we will require proof of a complete FDA (Food and Drug Administration) or WHO (World Health Organization) authorized vaccination for access into the facility, and theaters, for everyone - all staff, artists, and audiences. Proof along with a government-issued photo ID, such as a driver's license, passport, or IDNYC, will also be required.
A complete vaccination means receiving a final FDA or WHO vaccination dose 14 days before the performance date. The access policy for anyone unvaccinated, those under 12, and those that require a reasonable accommodation due to a medical condition or religious belief will be forthcoming shortly as information from New York City officials evolves. There will be no vaccination exemptions for anyone attending a performance in Joe's Pub.
Approved face masks will be required at all times inside the facility and theaters, including while watching a performance, except while actively eating and drinking. All theater ventilation systems have been reviewed, and filtration has been upgraded to Merv 13. The systems continue to be regularly cleaned and maintained.
Those that do not abide by any health and safety protocols will be denied entry or removed from the facility. All policies are subject to change at The Public's sole discretion and without notice.
Seating for all performances at The Public and Joe's Pub will be full capacity. Meaning that seats have no physical distancing, and people will be sitting directly next to other people.
As part of the entry requirements for Free Shakespeare in the Park, attendees must provide valid proof of a completed COVID-19 vaccine authorized for emergency use or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), any COVID-19 vaccine authorized for emergency use by the World Health Organization (WHO), or any active COVID-19 vaccine used during a U.S.-based clinical trial to access Full Capacity seating. A complete vaccination means having received a final FDA or WHO vaccination dose at least 14 days before the performance date.
All other COVID-19 vaccines, including Sputnik V, Sputnik Light, Covaxin, and Sinopharm-WIBP are not acceptable.
All attendees must provide proof of a completed FDA or WHO vaccination for entry into The Public Theater building and venues. A complete vaccination means having received a final FDA or WHO vaccination dose 14 days before the performance date.
There are multiple ways to show proof of vaccination:
- A photo or hard copy of your CDC vaccination card, along with a government-issued photo ID
- NY State Excelsior Pass with a corresponding government-issued ID
- NYC COVID Safe App to display your photo ID and vaccine card only. Download here: Android | Apple
- Official vaccine record along with a government-issued photo ID
- A photo or hard copy of an official vaccination record of a vaccine administered outside the United States for one of the following vaccines: AstraZeneca/SK Bioscience, Serum Institute of India/COVISHIELD and Vaxzevria, Sinopharm, or Sinovac. Along with a government-issued photo ID.
Due to the intimate nature of the Joe's Pub venue and allowing people to remove their face masks because of active eating and drinking, our health and safety team advised no accommodations are to be made for those that are unvaccinated because of a potential higher risk of exposure for these people.
Per agreements with our theatrical unions and with the advice from our health and safety consultants, approved face masks will always be required inside the facility and theaters, including while watching a performance, except while actively 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.
- Those who refuse to wear a mask will be denied entry and will not be entitled to a refund.
The Taub Box Office will be open for in-person sales from 1PM to 7PM Monday through Friday, starting August 23rd through October 3. Beginning October 4, 2021, The Taub Box Office will open at 5PM on dates when there are evening-only performances and one hour before matinee performances until further notice. We strongly encourage you to purchase tickets online or by phone. Ticket delivery options will be limited to Digital Tickets, Hold at Box Office for pick up the day of your performance, and by Mail 14 days before your performance. Some performances will have additional ticket delivery limitations. Learn more about the 21-22 Season Refund, Exchange, and Ticket Donation policies.
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 seven days?
- Have I experienced any of the following in the last 48 hours?
- FEVER OR CHILLS
- SHORTNESS OF BREATH OR DIFFICULTY BREATHING
- MUSCLE OR BODY ACHES
- LOSS OF TASTE OR SMELL
- SORE THROAT
- CONGESTION OR RUNNY NOSE
- NAUSEA OR VOMITING
If so, please call us at 212.967.7555 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we would be glad to assist you in rescheduling your tickets for another performance date. Learn more about the 21-22 Season Refund, Exchange, and Ticket Donation policies.
The Ford Foundation Lobby will not be open to the public outside of performances and events until further notice. The lobby will open daily at 5PM on days when there are evening-only performances and one hour before matinee performances for ticket pickup only, until further notice. Early arrival for performances will be limited to one hour before your scheduled performance time, at which time the lobby will be open. Please have your proof of vaccination, photo ID when the lobby opens for your performance. Please prepare for the possibility of inclement weather as you may be held outside while the lobby opens and you are cleared to enter.
We are currently still in the initial stages of discovery regarding the return of concessions at the Lobby Bar and dining in The Library at The Public. Joe's Pub plans to offer beverages and a light menu upon their return, and our $12 Food and/or two (2) Drink minimum for all attendees will be in effect unless otherwise noted on a performance page. In addition:
- You are not permitted to bring your own food and drink into our venues. You may bring a sealed bottle of water into performances.
- After consuming water, a face mask must be reapplied.
- Water fountains will have disposable paper cups available for you may use your own refillable bottle.
Masks will be required to enter The Public Theater. Those who do not have a mask will be provided one. Those who refuse to wear a mask will be denied entry and will not be entitled to a ticket refund. Learn more about acceptable face mask options while at The Public.
At least once daily, high-touch areas will be thoroughly sanitized. This will include:
- Cleaning of all frequently touched surfaces and sanitizing of all bathrooms.
- Hand sanitizer stations will be available.
- Attendants regularly clean and sanitize restrooms.
All theater ventilation systems have been reviewed, and filtration has been upgraded to Merv 13. The systems continue to be regularly cleaned and maintained.
All The Public's employees, including cast and crew members, are participating in a mandatory vaccine program and twice-weekly COVID-19 testing. All staff will be required to wear disposable masks supplied to them by The Public Theater.