Vaccination Policy

Vaccination Policy for Audience Members

At the Center for the Arts, we are committed to the safety of all who work, perform, and visit our venue, and invite you to join in the effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. The Center joins performing arts venues across the greater Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. area, in providing the highest level of public safety for our audiences, artists, staff, and volunteers, by requiring that our audiences provide proof of vaccination to attend all live public performances at our indoor venues.  

Beginning October 18, 2021 and until further notice, all attendees, regardless of age, at an indoor event or performance at the Center for the Arts (or any of Mason’s College of Visual and Performing Arts performance and exhibition venues), must be fully vaccinated (14 days since second shot of double-dose vaccine or 14 days since single-dose vaccine) against COVID-19 by the date of their visit and present proof of vaccination OR show a negative COVID-19 test result, upon entry into the venue. Face coverings are required indoors for patrons ages two and up. 

Proof of vaccination and matching photo ID will be required upon entry into the venue in the form of a physical vaccination card, a digital copy on a mobile device, digital presentation of a vaccine passport app, a printout from a medical provider, or an individual’s state vaccine registry. An accompanying adult may verbally confirm a minor's identity.

Patrons who are not vaccinated (including those under age 12) must provide proof of negative COVID-19 test prior to entering the venue.  

Acceptable negative results must be from CDC approved: 

  • Rapid Antigen tests within 48 hours of performance time or  

  • PCR tests within 72 hours of performance time 

Self-administered or at-home COVID-19 test results will not be accepted.  

Acceptable results will need to be displayed upon entry into the venue either digitally on a mobile device or printed. Information about free testing in Virginia may be found here 

This policy applies to all attendees, including those who did not purchase tickets. All members of an attending party ages two and up must be prepared to wear face coverings when indoors.   

If proof of vaccination or negative results are not presented at point of entry, attendees will be denied access to the venue and offered a refund/exchange. Entry requirements are subject to change.  

Proof of vaccination/COVID-19 test results will not be required for audiences at outdoor events.  

Learn about all of the Center for the Arts' health and safety precautions.

Frequently Asked Questions

What types of proof are accepted for vaccination?

Patrons can present a physical vaccination card, a digital copy on a mobile device, digital presentation of a vaccine passport app, a printout from a medical provider or an individual’s state vaccine registry.   A matching photo ID is also required.

The vaccine registries for D.C., Maryland and Virginia are listed below: 

DC: dchealth.dc.gov/page/dc-myir 
MD: md.myir.net/rorl?next=/ 
VA: vdh.virginia.gov/immunization/viis. 

What should I do if a minor in my party doesn't have an ID?

An accompanying adult may verbally confirm a minor's identity.

How do you define fully vaccinated?

“Fully vaccinated” means that either 14 days have passed since receiving the second dose of FDA or WHO authorized double-dose vaccines or that 14 days have passed since receiving the sole dose of FDA or WHO authorized single-dose vaccines. 

What kind of negative COVID-19 tests are acceptable?

We do not wish to exclude anyone from our venue. Patrons who are not vaccinated or exempt from vaccination—such as for medical reasons, a sincerely held religious belief, as well as children under the age of 12—must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test prior to entering the venue.  A matching photo ID is also required. An accompanying adult may verbally confirm a minor's identity.

Acceptable negative results must be from CDC approved: 

  • Rapid Antigen tests within 48 hours of performance time or  

  • PCR tests within 72 hours of performance time 

Self-administered or at-home COVID-19 test results will not be accepted. (See above) 

Acceptable results will need to be displayed upon entry into the venue either digitally on a mobile device or printed. Information on free testing in Virginia may be found here.  

What happens if I do not have proof of vaccination or a negative test result?

If proof of vaccination or negative results and matching photo ID (or verbal confirmation for minors) are not presented at the point of entry, attendees may be denied access to the venue and offered a refund/exchange. Entry requirements are subject to change.

I have tickets to an indoor event prior to October 18, 2021. What should I expect?

Indoor events at all CVPA venues scheduled from September 21 through October 17, 2021 will continue with the previously announced safety protocol requiring patrons ages two and up to wear face coverings at all times.

Where can I get tested?

Information about free testing in Virginia may be found here.

Do I have to show my vaccination card at every single performance?

Yes; in order to protect the privacy of our audience members, we will not keep copies of our patrons’ vaccination records. 

My friends/family are attending a performance I purchased. What do I do next?

As the ticket holder, it is your responsibility to ensure your party understands our vaccination policy. This includes any patrons who attend performances with tickets you have purchased.

Are proof of vaccination or negative test results required for OUTDOOR events or performances?

No. Proof of vaccination/COVID-19 test results will not be required for audiences attending outdoor events and performances. 

Which vaccines are considered approved?

Any vaccine authorized by the FDA or WHO is considered approved. This list currently includes: 

  • AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine 

  • Johnson and Johnson (Janssen) 

  • Moderna 

  • Pfizer/BioNTech 

  • Sinopharm 

  • Sinovac 

Will face coverings still be required? 

Face coverings are also required for all patrons ages two and up, regardless of vaccination status, while inside the venue. 

Why do we have to wear face coverings when everyone is either vaccinated or presents a negative test result?

Breakthrough cases, particularly of the Delta variant, are becoming more and more prevalent with those who are vaccinated contracting the disease. We want to ensure the health and safety of all of our guests, artists and staff. 

How long will your vaccination policy continue?

The Center for the Arts plans to reevaluate its vaccine and face covering policy on a monthly basis and as conditions and trusted medical guidance evolve. Please visit our website for the latest details.

What other safety protocols can I expect when visiting the Center for the Arts and College of Visual and Performing Arts Venues?

To learn about our safety precautions, please visit our website.

Are your staff members and artists vaccinated? 

George Mason University staff members and artists are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo regular testing. Learn more about Mason’s vaccine requirements.  

I am a George Mason University student, faculty member, or staff member. Do I need to provide proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test results?

Yes. Please be prepared to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative test results with matching photo ID. See above for details about accepted forms of vaccine proof and test results. 

How do I get vaccinated?

Evidence shows COVID-19 vaccines available in the U.S. are safe and protect against severe disease, hospitalization, and death, and more than 350 million shots have been given in the U.S. Vaccines are free and readily available. You can find information on how to get a vaccine on the VDH Website or Vaccinate.Virginia.gov. 

I have concerns. Who can I talk to?

Patrons who have concerns about attending upcoming performances may email us at (text) stagecfa@gmu.edu or call the Ticket Office to discuss their options at (voice) 703-993-2787.