The Long Center for the Performing Arts and Zach Theatre announced today that effective immediately patrons will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test or proof of vaccination in order to gain entry. And once inside, masks must be worn unless actively eating or drinking.
Both the Long Center and Zach Theatre are on city-owned property. On Aug. 27, the Austin Center for Events announced Stage 5 COVID-19 guidelines for city-sanctioned special events or events on city property.
The guidelines state that indoor events with 1,000 or more people and outdoor events with 2,500 or more people must screen event attendees at entrances and require proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours before the event or proof of vaccination.
The Long Center protocol extends to events of its founding resident companies, Austin Opera, Austin Symphony and Ballet Austin.
For Long Center socially distanced outdoor events on the H-E-B Terrace, a negative COVID-19 test result is not required. For larger outdoor events that utilize the Long Center’s lawn, additional public health & safety measures may be implemented, including negative COVID-19 tests.