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HEALTH & SAFETY, NEXT STEPS

We are excited to welcome you to our flagship home at Astor Place. We are continually adapting health and safety protocols in line with recommendations from the CDC, the WHO, and city, state, and federal guidelines. Learn more below about the adjustments to protocols at The Public,  effective Monday, September 12, 2022.

VACCINATIONS

We no longer require proof of vaccination to access the facility, theaters, and restaurant.

FACE MASKS

A face mask is now strongly encouraged inside the facility and theaters, except on specific performance days (listed below) when a face mask will be required for everyone.

MASK REQUIRED PERFORMANCES

A face mask is required for all attendees in the facility and while watching a performance at all Tuesday evening and Saturday, and Sunday matinees for: 

  • A RAISIN IN THE SUN
  • BALDWIN & BUCKLEY AT CAMBRIDGE
  • WHERE WE BELONG

These mask required performances are to accommodate those who are immunocompromised, or uncomfortable in an unmasked environment. Mask required performances will be notated with an icon on performance calendars on the website. You will be reminded of the protocols through reminder emails leading up to the performance.

PLAYS FOR A PLAGUE YEAR will not have mask required performances available due to the production being staged in Joe's Pub, where food and drink will be available for purchase throughout the performance.

OTHER THINGS TO KNOW

  • The Lobby Bar for concessions will be closed during face mask required performances. However, you may bring a sealed bottle of water into the theater.
  • While inside the Public Theater for mask required performances everyone is required to wear a properly fitting mask over their nose and mouth, except when eating or drinking in designated areas. Gaiters, bandanas, and masks with exhalation valves are not permitted.

MASK OPTIONAL PERFORMANCES

A face mask is strongly encouraged when attending performances on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, & Sunday evenings for:

  • A RAISIN IN THE SUN
  • BALDWIN & BUCKLEY AT CAMBRIDGE
  • WHERE WE BELONG

For performances and events in Joe's Pub, including performances of PLAYS FOR A PLAGUE YEAR, a mask is strongly encouraged when not eating or drinking.

COVID-19 LIABILITY

While the health and safety of our staff, artists, and attendees continue to be an important part of our daily operations, an inherent risk of exposure to and infection with COVID-19 exists in any space where people are present. By visiting The Public and any of our facilities, theaters, or restaurant, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

SELF ASSESSMENT

We will continue to offer flexible options for exchanging tickets and account credit if you cannot attend a performance due to illness or recent COVID-19 exposure. Before leaving home, we ask that you take a moment to self-assess the following questions:

  • Have I been in contact with someone 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, don't hesitate to Contact Us, and we would be glad to assist you in rescheduling your tickets for another performance date. Learn more about the Refund, Exchange, and Ticket Donation policies.

OUR PLANS TO CONTINUE TO PROMOTE HEALTH & SAFETY INTERNALLY

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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