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SAFE AT THE PUBLIC

We are excited to welcome you to The Public's flagship home at Astor Place. Effective January 21, 2022, until further notice, we require proof of a complete COVID-19 vaccination AND proof of a booster dose (for those eligible in accordance with CDC guidelines) by the date of attendance for access to the facility, theaters, and restaurant. Public Theater staff and artists are subject to a mandatory vaccination and booster policy in addition to onsite testing protocols when working within our facilities.

Learn more below about approved vaccines, booster requirements, and required face masks below, as well as displaying proof of COVID-19 vaccination and booster for entry, including Health Pass by CLEAR, Excelsior Pass, and the NYC COVID Safe App.

If you are feeling unwell or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, have been exposed to anyone within 14 days of your visit, or have been instructed to self-isolate, we ask that you stay home and contact us when possible to discuss ticket refund or exchange options.

Ticket purchasers are responsible for informing and providing this Audience Policy to their guests or other attendees if they are providing the ticket for them. Anyone that does not abide by our health and safety protocols may be denied entry or be asked to leave the facility.

We recognize that public health guidelines may change in the coming months and ask for your patience as we make any necessary safety adjustments. All policies are subject to change at The Public's sole discretion and without notice. 
Thank you so much. We can't wait to welcome you back to The Public! 
Updated 01.13.2022

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BEFORE YOU PURCHASE TICKETS

PLAN YOUR VISIT


OUR PLANS TO PROMOTE HEALTH & SAFETY

BEFORE YOU PURCHASE TICKETS

SEATING FOR ALL PERFORMANCES AND VENUES

Seating for all performances in The Public's theater spaces, including Joe's Pub, is full capacity. Meaning, seat locations have no physical distancing, and people will sit directly next to each other when at full capacity.

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VACCINE AND BOOSTER REQUIREMENTS
  • All attendees must be completely vaccinated; a complete vaccination means having received a final FDA Approved/Authorized or a WHO Emergency Use vaccination dose at least 14 days before the attendance date. Learn more about approved vaccines below.
  • Beginning January 21, 2022, we will require proof of a COVID booster shot for all those eligible.
  • Those not currently eligible to receive a booster will not be denied entry into the facility if two weeks have passed since their second dose in a two-dose vaccine series or two weeks after receiving a single-dose vaccine. Once a person does become eligible, the booster will then be required for access. 
  • For those that have recently become eligible after January 21, we will allow a two-week grace period for access to the facility. After the two weeks have passed, entry will not be allowed until the booster has been received. Recipients of the Pfizer (age 16+) or Moderna (age 18+) vaccines become eligible for a  booster six months after their second dose,  and recipients of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine become eligible two months after their single dose. Learn more about booster eligibility per the CDC below. 
  • Vaccines are now available for children ages 5–11, and completely vaccinated children are welcome at The Public two weeks after they have received their final dose. Photo ID for children under 16 will not be required as long as they are accompanied by parents/guardians with valid photo I.D.
  • Negative COVID tests for anyone, including children, will not be accepted as an alternative to proof of vaccination. We have also ended the additional negative COVID test requirement, initially implemented on December 17, as of January 21, 2022, when this new policy goes into effect.
  • Everyone must provide in-person proof of vaccination and booster (beginning January 21) prior to entering the facility. Learn more about showing proof of vaccination and booster below. 

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APPROVED VACCINES

All attendees to The Public's facility, theater spaces, and restaurant must provide valid proof of a completed COVID-19 vaccine authorized vaccine. A complete vaccination means having received a final FDA or WHO vaccination dose at least 14 days before the attendance date. 

Graphic Table, Approved vaccines

All other COVID-19 vaccines, including Sputnik V, Sputnik Light, and Sinopharm-WIBP are not acceptable.
Click here for a link to view this table in a list format.

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BOOSTER ELIGIBILITY

Beginning Friday, January 21, 2022, we will require proof of a COVID booster dose for all those eligible to receive it. Those not yet eligible will be able to continue to access The Public if they are two weeks past their second vaccine dose in a two-dose vaccine series or two weeks after receiving a single-dose vaccine. For those that have recently become eligible after January 21, we will allow a two-week grace period for access to the facility. After the two weeks have passed, entry will not be allowed until the booster has been received. Learn more about booster eligibility per the CDC below or by visiting their website.  

Graphic, Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine Booster Requirements

Graphic, Moderna Vaccine Booster Requirements

Graphic, Johnson & Johnson Vaccination Booster Requirements

Click here to view these tables in a list format.
If you are an international traveler who wishes to attend a performance and have questions regarding a required booster, please email us at info@publictheater.org for assistance.

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PROOF OF VACCINATION AND BOOSTER
Use  Health Pass by CLEAR at The Public Theater to streamline your entry into the facility. Health Pass is a free feature in the CLEAR mobile app that allows you to link your proof of COVID-19 vaccination and booster for seamless entry into the theater. All you'll need is a government-issued I.D., your vaccination card, and a booster card. 
Download Health Pass by CLEAR and enroll here: https://clear.app.link/PUBLIC
We will also accept the following for proof of vaccination and booster, for vaccines approved by the NYC Department of Health at The Public.  
  • CDC vaccination and booster cards with a corresponding government-issued ID 
  • WHO vaccination and booster cards with a corresponding government-issued I.D. 
  • Photos of your CDC vaccination and booster card with a corresponding government-issued I.D. 
  • Pictures of your WHO vaccination and booster card with a corresponding government-issued I.D. 
  • Photocopies of your CDC vaccination and booster card with a corresponding government-issued I.D. 
  • Photocopies of your WHO vaccination and booster card with a corresponding government-issued I.D. 
  • N.Y. State Excelsior Pass Plus with a corresponding government-issued ID 
  • NYC COVID Safe App to display your photo I.D., vaccine card, and booster card only. Download here: Android | Apple
  • E.U. Digital COVID Certificates with a corresponding government-issued ID 
  • CDC vaccination cards for Astra Zeneca vaccination study with a corresponding government-issued I.D.
  • Any other official documentation that displays the full name of the attendee, the vaccine and booster type received, the dates of the received doses, the healthcare professional or clinic site where the vaccine or boosters were received, and the organization that has approved the vaccine for use.

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FACE MASKS
  • Approved face masks will be required at all times through the facility and theaters, including while watching a performance in our venues.
  • Exceptions will be made to this requirement while actively eating and drinking in Joe's Pub, The Library, and the Lobby Mezzanine. Masks must be reapplied as soon as food and beverages are consumed.
  • Additionally, based on current CDC guidance, we are strongly encouraging all attendees to wear N95, KN95, or surgical/3-ply masks. 

Face masks must meet the following requirements:

  • Cloth, surgical/3-ply, KN95, and N95 masks are encouraged.  
  • 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. 
  • Gaiters, bandanas, and face coverings with an exhalation valve are not permitted.  
  • Masks will be made available upon arrival if you forget to bring one or do not meet the above standards.

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TICKETING

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. The Taub Box Office hours of operation will fluctuate based on performance calendars. We encourage you to call Audience Services at 212.967.7555 before planning a trip to The Public to purchase tickets.

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PLAN YOUR VISIT

SELF ASSESSMENT

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

  • Have I been in contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last seven days?
  • Have I experienced any of the following in the last 24 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. Learn more about the 21-22 Season Refund, Exchange, and Ticket Donation policies.

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UPON ARRIVAL

Our lobby and box office hours will vary based on performance schedules. We encourage you to limit your early arrival for performances to an hour before the scheduled performance time. Please have proof of vaccination, proof of booster, and a photo I.D. at your arrival for inspection by our staff. 

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CONCESSIONS & FOOD

The Library at The Public will be returning to offering a limited menu and cocktails nightly from 5PM through last call Tuesday through Sunday, on Saturday, January 22, 2022. Our lobby bar will not be open until further notice. Still, those interested in pre-curtain drinks or snacks are encouraged to visit the bar inside The Library and consume food and beverage on our mezzanine level of the Ford Foundation lobby.  

The Joe's Pub cocktail list, created by mixologist Shannon Beck, uses choice spirits and seasonal house-made mixers, combining tried and true techniques and an updated approach to the classics. Chefs Andrew Carmellini and John Ramirez have created eclectic, American bar snacks, shareable appetizers, sandwiches, dinner plates, and desserts sourcing local ingredients and New York influence. As a courtesy to the artists, we recommend arriving no later than thirty minutes before showtime to place your food and beverage orders.
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 any beverages and food, a face mask must be reapplied in all areas of the building.
  • Water fountains will have disposable paper cups available for you, and you may use your own refillable bottle.

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OUR PLANS TO PROMOTE HEALTH & SAFETY

CLEANING PROTOCOLS
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.
AIR FILTRATION
All theater ventilation systems have been reviewed, and filtration has been upgraded to Merv 13. The systems continue to be regularly cleaned and maintained.
VACCINATION

All Public Theater staff and artists are subject to mandatory vaccination and booster policy in addition to negative testing protocols when working within our facilities. All staff will be required to wear disposable masks supplied to them by The Public Theater. 

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APPROVED VACCINES AND BOOSTER ELIGIBILITY LISTED

Approved vaccines list. 
  • Pfizer - fourteen days after your second shot
  • Moderna - fourteen Days after your second shot
  • Johnson & Johnson - fourteen days after your first shot
  • AstraZeneca - fourteen days after your second shot
  • Sinopharm - fourteen days after your second shot
  • Sinovac - fourteen days after your second shot
  • Novavax - fourteen days after your second shot
  • Covaxin - fourteen days after your second shot
  • All other COVID-19 vaccines, including Sputnik V, Sputnik Light, and Sinopharm-WIBP are not acceptable.
Booster eligibility information.
  • Per the CDC, if you received a complete Pfizer-BioNTech vaccination.
    • You should get a booster if you are 18 years or older.
    • You may get a booster if you are 16-17 years old.
    • You should get a booster at least 5 months after completing your primary COVID-19 vaccination series.
    • You can get the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna (mRNA COVID-19 vaccines)
    • Teens aged 16-17 can only get a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine booster.
  • Per the CDC, if you received a complete Moderna vaccination.
    • You should get a booster if you are 18 years or older.
    • You should get a booster at least 6 months after completing your primary COVID-19 vaccination series.
    • You can get the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna (mRNA COVID-19 vaccines)
  • Per the CDC, if you received a complete John & Johnson Janssen vaccination.
    • You should get a booster if you are 18 years or older.
    • You should get a booster at least 2 months after completing your primary COVID-19 vaccination.
    • You can get the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna (mRNA COVID-19 vaccines)

If you are an international traveler who wishes to attend a performance and have questions regarding a required booster, please email us at info@publictheater.org for assistance.

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