Washington DC's Kennedy Center to Only Admit Fully Vaccinated

Following increasing cases of COVID-19, the John. F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has updated its safety protocols, effective as of September 1, 2021

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Image Courtesy: Bossi)


The Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) new guidance and rising cases of COVID-19, especially of the Delta variant, have instigated the Kennedy Center to reinstate mandatory face masks — to be worn at all times.

The Kennedy Center’s guidelines ask concertgoers to show evidence of their full vaccination status, meaning 14 days must pass from the day the vaccine's full dose is given. For children under 12, evidence must be shown of a negative COVID-19 test result received within 72 hours of a performance.

Those who have purchased tickets for others are responsible for informing them of the updated safety rules. The vaccine requirement applies also to performers and staff members.

Scheduled performances will go ahead with improved cleaning procedures, reduced contact points, and sanitizing stations throughout the venue. Physical distancing is encouraged at a minimum of six feet.

All indoor restaurants and intermission concession bars will be closed to minimize crowding and the center’s employees will complete health screenings before work in addition to wearing face masks and when necessary, gloves.

“Our audiences have stuck by us with great solidarity over these last many months,” said Deborah Rutter, Kennedy Center president, in a statement. “Working together we can get back to what we love — the arts — but we must reopen cautiously and responsibly,” she continued. 

“These new measures will reduce risk and help all arts venues maintain the forward momentum we are feeling right now.”

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